If you still receive paper checks for your Social Security Disability benefit payments, you are out of compliance with the law. The United States Treasury Department now requires federal benefit payments to be made electronically.
In the past, people who were eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits received paper checks in the mail. Now, the United States Treasury Department requires benefit recipients to select an electronic payment method. Recipients may receive payments by direct deposit to a bank account, credit union account, or to a special credit card account.
How do you sign up?
If you are receiving benefits, and you haven’t already made the switch to electronic payments, you may sign up by contacting the United States Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795 or by signing up online.
People who plan to apply for benefits soon must select electronic payment beforehand.
Why did the United States Treasury make this switch?
The United States Treasury has several reasons for making the switch.
- Electronic payments are standard in other sectors of the economy. More people expect to be paid electronically.
- Electronic payments are more economical. By paying all recipients electronically, the United States Treasury and American taxpayers will save a significant amount of money.
- Electronic payments are safer. Paper checks can be lost or stolen. Beneficiaries are many times more likely to have problems with paper checks than with electronic payments.
- Electronic payments are convenient. People don’t have to visit a bank to cash or deposit a check. This is especially important to people who are disabled and to people who lack access to transportation.
Contact our Texas Social Security Disability lawyers to discuss your situation
If you would like to speak to one of our attorneys about Social Security Disability benefits, contact us. You may reach us by filling out an online form or by calling 800-800-6353.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.