Monday, January 7, 2013

Getting Government Checks?

Are you getting Social Security, VA or other federal benefits by paper check?

The Treasury Department is phasing out paper check payments and requiring federal benefit recipients to get their money electronically. You can choose to get your payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card account.  

You are required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. The website can answer all your questions and help you sign up for the best option for you.
Act now to get your money safely and quickly – on time, every time! Switch today! 

Sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express® card by contacting the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795. You may also sign up for direct deposit online.

Retiring or applying for federal benefits soon? Be ready. You will get your money electronically from day one. Be ready to choose direct deposit or the Direct Express® card when you fill out your application. Learn More

If you do not choose an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013, you may receive your payments via theDirect Express® card.

If you are already receiving your federal benefit payments electronically, this change will not affect you.

Learn whether you could quality for an exception.

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