With some exceptions, if someone applies for federal benefits on or after May 1, 2011, they must receive all checks through direct deposit from now on. The Department of the Treasury has promulgated a final regulation [75 Fed. Reg. 80315 (Dec. 22, 2010)] that will phase out paper checks for non-tax federal disbursements going forward.
This regulation will apply to benefits checks from the Social Security Administration (Social Security and SSI), Veterans Affairs, Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Personnel Management (federal employees/retirees) or Department of Labor (Black Lung).
For general information about this change, visit www.GoDirect.org or clients/consumers can call 1-800-333-1795
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