The bold in the following sentence is where I am confused - is it punctuated properly?

It will be necessary to either return this money to the government if possible or, if not, give it to the poor without the intention of gaining reward."

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It is. The commas in this passage serve to set off the appositive phrase, “if not.” For more information https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/appositives.html

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