Sunday, 05 July, 2020


Stimulus payments in form of debit card cause confusion across country

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Conrad Doyle | 29 May, 2020, 02:26

Laura Irrera-Hahn hadn't heard that the Treasury Department was sending her stimulus payment as a debit card.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro in March echoed similar sentiments reminding people to check emails and websites belonging to entities offering information about stimulus money.

Of those who received the cards, only one is under the age of 80, Bergwerk said, and "my senior clients have absolutely no idea what to do with these cards".

Several transactions can be made without any fees, including online and in-store purchase, cash withdrawals from an in-network ATM and transfers to a personal bank account. Some have mistaken the envelope for junk mail or a possible scam and thrown them away. The Visa debit card will be issued from Meta Bank and comes with a welcome sheet with information to help you verify the card is real. Payments are automatic for people who filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who didn't file a tax return in the last two years.

"The letter we received said it came from the Money Network Cardholder Services in Omaha, Nebraska", Green said.

MetaBank is the US Treasury's financial agent, the card is their Economic Impact Payment to residents.

The Treasury Department sent the debit cards to anyone eligible without banking information on file with the IRS instead of paper checks.The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from "Money Network Cardholder Services". After being reassured it was, they activated the card and found out they are getting the maximum allowed for a couple, which is $2,400.

According to a FAQ section on the IRS website, the cards can be replaced for a fee of $7.50.

A similar scene played out in Alabama, Fox 10 news reported, when several people expressed confusion to the Better Business Bureau regarding the card.

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