One IRS web page, updated October 26, 2020, says:
“The following are also not eligible [for an Economic Impact Payment]: a deceased individual or an estate or trust.”
But then the draft Form 1040 instructions for 2020 state:
“Generally, you are eligible to claim the recovery rebate credit . . .This includes someone who died in 2020, if you are preparing a return for that person.”
Maybe too many dead people complained so they changed their mind. Or maybe they were visited by three ghosts around Christmas time and changed their mind. Or maybe nobody at the IRS has a mind or the ones that do can't make up their mind.
I believe the 2nd one, which is more in line with the CARES Act.
As some of us have discussed, IRS' Q&A are not authoritative.
Wonder what the software will compute when a date of death is entered? Oh, I know, Intuit programs according to IRS Publications, not the law.
Here are the instructions from the draft 1040 for 2020: Looks like they changed their about someone who died in 2020
The economic impact
payments were based on your 2018 or
2019 tax year information. The recovery
rebate credit is figured like the economic
impact payments except that the credit
eligibility and the credit amount are
based on your 2020 tax year information.
Generally, you are eligible to claim the recovery rebate credit if in 2020 you
were a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien, weren't a dependent of another taxpayer, and have a valid social security
number. This includes someone who
died in 2020, if you are preparing a return for that person. Use the Recovery
Rebate Credit Worksheet to figure the