Help switching federal benefits from paper checks to direct deposit

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - For the first time ever, the Federal Government is requiring all benefits, like social security, to be directly deposited into your account.

The government formally adopted the new rule to switch to electronic payments two years ago and now it will become law March 1.

Instead of receiving a paper check, the money will be automatically deposited in your account.

If you do not have a bank account, the government will issue a prepaid debit card.

In a small number of cases, the government will allow people to continue receiving paper checks.

This is all being done by the U.S Treasury Department to save taxpayers about $1 billion dollars over 10 years.

"I think the federal government is trying to cut down on the cost of having to mail the checks," said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. "If they can do a direct deposit into someone's bank account it is going to save the Treasury money on postage ."

In order to switch over to direct deposit, you do not need to go on the internet or even use a computer.

Brindisi said his staff will be able to help you. Call (315) 732-1055.

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