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U.S. Department of the Treasury

March 1, 2013  A critical date for the payments industry. 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is phasing out paper checks and requiring federal benefit recipients to get their money electronically by March 1, 2013. Recipients will have two choices. They can choose to get their federal payment by Direct Deposit via ACH to a bank or credit union account or they can opt for a Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card account.

March 1, 2013 may seem like a long way off but it's not when you consider the large impact this initiative will have on every U.S. citizen who receives social security payments and other federal benefit payments. You can start planning now by visiting This website has all the tools and resources you need to help you make the switch safely, quickly, and easily.

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Valuable Resources & Planning Tools 

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GoDirect state-by-state analysis of monthly social security and supplemental social security income payments.

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