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Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)


With electronic funds transfer (EFT), government agencies can pay and collect money electronically, without having to use paper checks.

GoDirect

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EFT is safe, secure, efficient, and less expensive than paper check payments and collections.

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Each time the government pays by check, it costs $1.03 (just over a dollar).

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Each time the government pays electronically, it costs $.105
(just over a dime).

Do I have to sign up for EFT?

Yes, it's required, All federal benefit payments must be paid electronically. If you get federal benefits, such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans' benefits, civil service retirement, military federal retirement, or railroad retirement payments, you must get your benefits by EFT.

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If you were born on or before May 1, 1921, you can qualify for a waiver. The Department of the Treasury may also make an exception in a few other cases. Learn more about exceptions.

How do I get my payment by EFT?

If you have a bank or credit union account

Your benefit payment will be deposited directly into your account:

Direct Deposit

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If you do not have a bank or credit union account

Your benefit payment will be put on a card that you use to buy items at stores, gas stations, and on the internet, pay bills, get cash, etc.:

DirectExpress® Debit MasterCardĀ®

DirectExpress

What about payments that are not for federal benefits?

You can get many other federal payments by EFT that are not part of the GoDirect® or DirectExpress® programs.

Here's how to sign up to get some other federal payments deposited directly into your bank or credit union account:


Tax refunds

If you don't already get your tax refund deposited directly, you can arrange for it on next year's tax return. Ā See Direct Deposit of Tax Refunds and Direct Deposit of Tax Refunds FAQ

Payments to federal employees

Contact your HR Department. Fill out and sign FASTSTART Direct Deposit (FMS Form 2231) and submit it to your HR department.

Other non-vendor federal payments

Contact your financial institution. Fill out and sign form SF 1199A (English) or SF 1199A (Spanish).
Mail it to the appropriate paying agency
or contact your financial institution.

Payments to vendors

Contact the appropriate federal agency or financial institution. Fill out and sign form SF 3881.
Mail it to the appropriate federal agency
or contact your financial institution.

 

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