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Some Get Stimulus in form of “Economic Impact Payment” Prepaid Debit Card

January 25, 2021, 12:17 PM HST
* Updated January 26, 10:25 AM
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Some Maui residents report that they have received their second Economic Impact Payment by mail in the form of a prepaid debit card.

The Treasury Department and the IRS are issuing millions of second payments in this form as a way to “speed delivery.”

The form of payment for the second mailed EIP may be different than the first mailed EIP. Some people who received a paper check last time might receive a prepaid debit card this time, and some people who received a prepaid debit card last time may receive a paper check, according to information posted by the IRS.

If the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov shows a date that a recipient’s payment was mailed, they should watch their mail for either a paper check or debit card. The debit cards arrive in a white envelope that prominently displays the US Department of the Treasury seal.

According to the IRS, the prepaid debit card, called the Economic Impact Payment card, is issued by Treasury’s financial agent, MetaBank®, N.A. The IRS does not determine who receives a card.

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These cards can be used to make purchases online or in stores anywhere Visa® Debit Cards are accepted. According to the IRS, the cards can also be used to do any of the following without paying a fee:

  • Transfer funds to a personal bank account
  • Make signature or PIN-debit purchases anywhere Visa Debit Cards are accepted — in stores, online or over the phone
  • Get cash back with a PIN debit purchase where available
  • Get cash from in-network ATMs
  • Get a replacement EIP Card, if needed
  • Check their card balance online, through a mobile app or by phone
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EIP Cards are being sent in a white envelope that displays the US Department of the Treasury seal. The envelope also states “Not a bill or an advertisement. Important information about your Economic Impact Payment.”

The EIP Card has the Visa name on the front of the card and the issuing bank name, MetaBank®, N.A. on the back. Each mailing will include instructions on how to securely activate and use the EIP Card. These cards are being issued to eligible recipients across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The IRS notes that residents of the western United States are generally more likely to receive an EIP Card.

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