After waiting two years for a stimulus payment, the IRS paid us twice

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  • After waiting two years for a stimulus check, the IRS paid me and my wife twice.
  • After laughing, I thought of all the ways this could turn out bad.
  • So I learned how to return an ‘erroneous refund.’

Just when I thought the IRS had solved a problem that lingered for two years for my wife and me, the overwhelmed agency created another one.

USA TODAY on Sunday published the tale of our frustrating struggle to get the stimulus payment approved by Congress way back in March 2020. (We’d moved and closed our old bank account, leading to a failed direct deposit, a check that wasn’t forwarded to us and, finally, the IRS rejecting our claim for the Rebate Recovery Credit.)


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