Federal Government Phasing Out Paper Checks

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The U.S. Postal Service is about to lose a lot of business from one of its biggest clients.

By March of next year, the federal government will no longer be sending paper checks through the mail to millions of Americans who receive social security, veterans' benefits, or payments from other federal benefit programs.

Instead, everyone will have to get their payments electronically - either through direct deposit or a debit card, for those who don't have a bank account.

The Treasury Department says electronic payments are safer and more efficient.

That's not to mention the fact that the move away from using paper checks will save the government about $120 million a year.

Still, some people worry that older retirees especially will struggle with the change.

They're encouraged to learn more about it online at www.GoDirect.org or by calling a toll-free help line at 1-800-333-1795.

Friday, November 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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