DEAD people are receiving coronavirus stimulus checks — and their relatives are most likely able to keep the money.

Tens of millions of Americans are being sent a check for $1,200 as part of the unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic relief package, or the CARES Act, passed by Congress in March.

The money is supposed to help Americans who are struggling right now because of the coronavirus.

As of Thursday, more than 22 million Americans had filed for unemployment.

Around 90 per cent of the country is eligible for the payments, apparently including dead people, according to the IRS — which has sent checks to people who have passed away.

Jeanne Siracuse told NBC News that last week, she didn’t know what to do when she saw the $1,200 deposited into the bank account of her mother, who died last August.

"Obviously, she does not need stimulus right now," Siracuse said. "It's not something she would have wanted to happen. She was very conservative and would not want to see that kind of waste."

"We don't want it," the daughter said, adding: "It's not who this stimulus was supposed to benefit."

Siracuse said she will be returning the $1,200 her mother received to the Treasury Department.

Peter Moreau told the news outlet his dead mother also got a direct deposit from the IRS, and noted that her death was reported to the Social Security Administration.

"This is messing up my efforts to close mom's estate since I don't have any idea what to do with it,” he said.

A woman in Florida — who was expecting her own $1,200 payment — received an extra $1,200 for her husband, who died in May 2019.

Her daughter, Erin Kurinsky, said her mom “doesn’t know what to do with it.”

“I said, 'Mom, just leave it there, they'll take it back some day," Kurinsky said. "She doesn't even need the $1,200. She said, 'Someone else could use it more than I could.'"

Per NBC News, an official from the Trump administration said they’re looking into the possibility that the CARES Act might have actually approved relief payments for dead people, based on their 2018 or 2019 tax returns.

The stimulus package doesn’t actually state if people who died this year or last would have been eligible, but does say that “an estate or trust” is not eligible.

A congressional aide told NBC there’s no provision in the CARES Act that would take the money back — and argued that taking the checks back would mean taking away from the widowers who might also be in need.

The IRS is said to be making about 60 million payments to Americans via direct deposit through mid-April, based on 2018 or 2019 tax returns.

Starting the week of May 4, the IRS is said to begin issuing paper checks to individuals, at a rate of around five million per week.

Anyone who earns up to $75,000 in adjusted gross income and who has a Social Security number will receive a $1,200 payment.

Married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment, $2,400, if their adjusted gross income is under $150,000.

People earning more than $99,000, or $198,000 for joint filers, are ineligible.

For heads of household with one child, the benefit starts to decline at $112,500 and falls to zero at $146,500, while parents also will receive $500 for each qualifying child.

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