Q: What is the proper way to go about transferring a stimulus relief payment that was issued to the wrong person?
My client is a fisherman and owner of a boat/company. He went on a temporary medical leave and transferred the name on his business permit to a long term employee. The employee subsequently filed an application for the seafood trade relief program. He obtained a near $18,000 check from the USDA, despite not being the owner of the business, and essentially skipped town.
I have since been in touch with the employee, who is agreeing to return the money. My question is, how would he go about doing so? I’m assuming he would not be able to pay my client directly, as taxes would not be accounted for?
I'm sorry your question remains open for three weeks. At this point, you could reach out to tax attorneys in Washington State. There's a link above (Find-a-Lawyer), or you could search online on your own. Maritime attorneys aren't likely to know about the issues you raise - a tax attorney would have the most insight into those. Good luck
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