Federal Payments Go Paperless March 1, 2013

Federal Payments Go Paperless March 1, 2013

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.

Everyone who receives Social Security, SSI, or other federal benefit payments by paper check is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013. This move will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years, while ensuring all federal benefit recipients receive their money in the safest, most reliable way possible.

You must switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. Sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express® card by contacting the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795 or by visiting GoDirect

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


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


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