U.S. Treasury requires electronic (direct) deposit by March 1, 2013 – GO Direct now

This week I posted the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment dates for 2013.  

No matter what the scheduled benefit payment date, since May 2011 people filing application for either Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have had to choose electronic delivery of payments, mainly by direct deposit to a financial institution or to a debit card.  

By March 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will be sending nearly all federally paid benefits electronically – not just Social Security or SSI payments. Paper checks are being phased out. Learn more about this is at the Treasury Department “Go Direct” website, http://www.godirect.org/.  

Not already receiving your Social Security or SSI benefit electronically?  Please arrange to do so soon. Your bank, savings and loan or credit union can assist you. You can also contact any Social Security office, call the SSA national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), or visit the Treasury Department “Go Direct” website. 

As of December 2012, a high percentage of people already receive payments electronically, with higher percentages of usage for Social Security compared to Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Many people still need to complete their arrangements. Current direct deposit information for Social Security and SSI by individual state is at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/deposit/factsandfigs.htm.  

Take action now if you still receive a paper check. Paper checks for nearly all federally paid benefits are being phased out by March 2013. Learn more at the Treasury Department “Go Direct” website, http://www.godirect.org/.  

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