Recipients of federal benefits, such as social security benefits and VA benefits (for veterans) can nowadays receive the funds by electronic means. In this context, the electronic means are direct deposit into bank accounts and through debit cards. As a matter of fact, the law is changing in favor of electronic payments: towards a scenario where receiving the federal benefits by electronic means is now turning into a legal requirement. Against this background, recipients of federal benefits who still get the benefits through paper checks are being urged to switch to electronic payments. And this is where the Go Direct website comes into the picture. Go Direct is a website where the recipients of federal benefits can get the assistance they need, in the switchover from paper checks to electronic payments.
Options in the switchover from paper checks to electronic payments
According to the information on the Go Direct website, there are two key options, in the switchover from paper checks to electronic payments. The first option is that of switching to payments via direct deposit. This entails having the federal benefits funds deposited directly into the recipient’s bank account. The second option is that of switching to payments via debit cards. This entails having the federal benefits funds being put into a debit card, from where the recipient can either withdraw the funds (at an ATM) or use the funds directly in paying for things electronically.
Switching from paper checks to direct deposit with help from Go Direct
In order to receive help in switching from paper checks to direct deposits, you need to start by going to the Go Direct website (its address is given below, under the ‘links to help you’ section). There, on the homepage, you will see a section titled ‘Still Getting Checks?’ somewhere near the top. Within that section is a link labeled ‘Get direct deposit now’ – click on that link, and you will be helped in making the switchover from paper checks to direct deposit.
Switching from paper checks to debit card payments with help from Go Direct
The first step is to go to the Go Direct website’s homepage (the link/address to the Go Direct website is provided below, under the ‘links to help you’ section). On the Go Direct website’s homepage, you will notice a section, near the top, entitled ‘Still Getting Checks?’ and within it is a link labeled ‘learn more about the Direct Express card’. Click on that link, and you will be helped to switch from paper checks to debit card payments.
Links to help you
- Go Direct Website
- Social Security & Federal Benefits
- Direct Express
- Direct Express