Deadline approaching for changes in Federal benefits
With less than two months until the March 1, 2013, deadline to pay all federal benefits electronically, the Treasury Department is reporting that 5 million paper checks continue to be mailed to federal beneficiaries each month. In North Carolina alone, more than 160,000 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks are sent each month. The Treasury Department is urging Social Security and other federal benefit recipients to not delay and switch now to either direct deposit or theDirect Express® Debit MasterCard® card. Check recipients can sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express® card by calling toll-free 1-800-333-1795, visiting www.GoDirect.org, or talking to their local federal paying agency office.