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What is an EIP card?
An economic impact payment card is a prepaid debit card that the Ministry of Finance has used to distribute some incentive payments among the, instead of an electronic money transfer or paper checks. The cards were issued to some eligible US residents for whom the government had no bank account information.
These Visa debit cards can be used to make purchases, collect cash from networked ATMs and transfer money to your personal bank account at no cost.
If you receive one, after the card arrives, visit the EIP card website to activate it and learn more about how to use it.
Why have some people been issued an EIP card instead of a check?
Those who were eligible received the first incentive payment by EIP card rather than by check if they filed their taxes, but the IRS did not have their bank account information to hand and whether the tax return was processed by IRS service centers in Andover, Massachusetts , or Austin, Texas, according to a Treasury press release. It is not clear what the meaning of those specific service centers is, but we have asked the Treasury for more information.
If a second incentive invoice is approved, you canyou did it the first time – so if you got an EIP card, you’re likely to get another. If you need to provide new bank details, you may be able to receive your payment in a different way.
How much incentive money is loaded on the card?
Receiving your payment through an EIP card doesn’t change that calculation or the amount you could get – it’s just a different format of the same payment.
Once one, if it includes an incentive payment, the amount you would receive in a second incentive payment (whether in the form of , check or EIP card sent by mail) , your tax returns, along with your tax return status (single versus joint) and how many dependents you have. The maximum amount a single taxpayer can get is $ 1,200.
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If a second stimulus check is approved, how long can it take to get an EIP card?
If another coronavirus relief bill with a second incentive payment passes, it could likely takethen through . When the CARES law was passed in March, the first EIP cards didn’t go out until mid-May. But it is possible that it will be faster this time, as the infrastructure is already in place. We just don’t know yet.
Once a second incentive payment is approved, you can track your money (in any form) with the same IRS tool you can use to. If you’re still waiting for the first check, here it is and find possible .
How is the EIP card delivered?
If you qualify, your EIP card will arrive at the address on your latest tax return in an unmarked envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services”. Because it wasn’t clearly marked, some peoplewithout opening it during the first round of incentive payments.
Payment cards are often shipped in plain envelopes to deter fraud and thieves. It’s unclear whether the IRS would also send a second payment in an unmarked envelope.
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What if I prefer a direct deposit?
If you have a bank account, this is all we know. If the IRS has your bank account information to hand, you’re more likely to receive payment via direct deposit rather than an EIP card. Since the first incentive checks were sent, more effort has been made to help people who don’t have a bank account get one for this purpose.
Will the IRS notify me that an EIP card is coming?
With the first incentive payments, the IRS sent a letter about your money to your last known address within 15 days of the payment being made. The letter contained information on how you got the money (check or direct deposit or EIP card) and how to report it if you did not receive payment. But beware: there have been manygo around. Before giving anyone your information, visit IRS.gov to make sure your letter is legitimate.
What should I do if my EIP is destroyed or lost?
Do not you worry. If you have lost or destroyed your EIP card, you can request a free replacement via MetaBank customer service. The replacement fee will be waived the first time.
You don’t need to know your card number to request a replacement. Simply call 800-240-8100 and choose the second option from the main menu, according to the IRS website.
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