Millions of taxpayers will receive their second Economic Impact Payments by debit card

20 January 2021

The Treasury Department and IRS are issuing millions of second Economic Impact Payments by prepaid debit card to speed delivery of the payments to as many people as possible.

If the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov shows a date that your payment was mailed, watch your mail for either a paper check or debit card. Debit cards, issued by MetaBank®,  will arrive in a white envelope that prominently displays the U.S. Department of the Treasury seal.

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.


EIP Cards are safe, convenient and secure

These cards provide certain protections against fraud, loss and other errors. They can be used to make purchases online or in stores anywhere Visa®  Debit Cards are accepted.

Cardholders can also use the cards 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

Watch your mail carefully

EIP Cards are being sent in a white envelope that prominently displays the U.S. 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. Residents of the western United States are generally more likely to receive an EIP Card.


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