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The Countdown Is On: Switch Now to Direct Deposit for Federal Benefit Payments

Do you get Social Security or another federal benefit payment by paper check? If so, you should know that you are now required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option. By making the switch, you will help save taxpayers $1 billion over 10 years.

The deadline is March 1, 2013. Don't wait. It's fast, easy and free to switch to direct deposit today. You can sign up:

  • Online at the Treasury Department's Go Direct® website,
  • By calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795

If you do not choose an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013, you will receive your payments via the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card so you will not experience any interruption in payment.

The Time to Switch is Now

Don't wait for the deadline to make the switch. Take action today and start immediately enjoying the many advantages electronic payments have to offer:

  • Safety - No risk of lost or stolen checks.
  • Reliability - No delays caused by severe weather or other unforeseen events.
  • Ease - No need to make a trip to cash or deposit a check.
  • Fast Access - You will have access to your money sooner.

Be Prepared

When you are ready to make the switch, have your:

  • Most recent federal benefit check on hand
  • The 12-digit federal benefit check number
  • The amount of your last check
  • Address of last payment mailed
  • TDECU's routing transit number (313185515) and your member number, which can be found along the bottom of a personal check

The March 1, 2013 deadline will be here before you know it. Make the switch today and cross it off your to-do list.

For more information, visit or view the Go Direct instructional video.

Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service




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