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Question: Is getting my Social Security check directly deposited even an option?
Answer: For years, Social Security has stressed the convenience, security, and safety of getting benefit payments electronically. Soon, direct deposit (or Direct Express) will not only be the best way to receive federal benefit payments — it will be the only way.
That’s because the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a new rule that will phase out paper checks for federal benefit and non-tax payments by March 1, 2013.
Here is how the transition will work.
For most people getting monthly benefits, this won’t really be a change; already 8 out of 10 beneficiaries receive payments electronically.
Why the push for electronic payments instead of paper checks received in the mail?
If you still get your check in the mail, you don’t need to wait for the new rule to go into effect to enjoy the benefits of electronic payments. Visit www.godirect.org today and begin getting your Social Security and SSI payments the safe, easy, inexpensive and green way — electronically.
Jason Hyde is district manager of the Social Security Administration in Elizabethtown.
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