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Treasury Department sending out prepaid debit cards loaded with stimulus money this week

The United States Treasury is sending millions of citizens prepaid debit cards that are pre loaded with their stimulus payment this week, according to a Monday press release.

This week, Treasury and the IRS are starting to send nearly 4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card, instead of by paper check. EIP Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees.

The treasury has already delivered over $200 billion in stimulus payments to 140 million Americans.

“Treasury and the IRS have been working with unprecedented speed to issue Economic Impact Payments to American families. Prepaid debit cards are secure, easy to use, and allow us to deliver Americans their money quickly,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Recipients can immediately activate and use the cards safely.”

The debit cards will be sent by MetaBank starting this week.

EIP Card is part of Treasury’s U.S. Debit Card program, which provides prepaid debit card services to federal agencies for the electronic delivery of non-benefit payments. MetaBank was selected as Treasury’s financial agent for the U.S. Debit Card program in 2016, following a competitive selection process conducted by the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service.

Jon Ross Myers

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  • Is this part of the first stimulus package or is this the phase 4 package


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