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Here's what you need to do if you misplace your Economic Impact Payment prepaid card.

Did You Misplace Your Economic Impact Payment Prepaid Card? Here’s What to Do

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has processed over 159 million Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to help taxpayers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. About four million of those payments will be delivered by prepaid credit card. This feature can be very convenient for some people. But what happens if you misplace or accidentally destroy your EIP prepaid card? Read on to discover the answer.

Follow These Steps If You Misplace Your Prepaid EIP Card

If you receive your Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card and you misplace the card, or the card gets stolen, then follow these steps:

  • Log in online at EIPCard.com to prevent unauthorized transactions or ATM withdrawals while you look for your card.
  • If your card is permanently lost, it’s important to you call customer service at 1.800.240.8100. This way you can report your lost or stolen card immediately.
  • For cards with more than one name, only the primary cardholder (listed first on the card) must make the call.

Once you have reported your card, a replacement card will be ordered. The first replacement card is free, and a $7.50 fee will be applied for any subsequent replacements.

What Should I Do If I Accidentally Destroyed or Misplaced my Card?

On the other hand, if you accidentally destroyed or misplaced your card, call the same service number indicated above (1.800.240.8100) and select the “Lost/Stolen” option. The same replacement fees explained above will be applied, with the first replacement card being free of charge,

Remember that you cannot request the IRS to send your Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card. If you haven’t received your Economic Impact Payment yet, you can use the online tool Get My Payment of the IRS website to check the current status of your payment.

You can get more information about the Economic Impact Payment prepaid cards visiting www.eipcard.com. Or the official IRS website, which includes a section dedicated to Economic Impact Payments.

What Are Economic Impact Payments?

Economic Impact Payments are a measure  by the U.S. government to provide financial relief to taxpayers affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Beneficiaries may receive up to $1,200 for individual taxpayers and $2,400 for couples filing jointly. Additionally, taxpayers may also receive an extra $500 for every qualifying child.

Get More Information About Economic Impact Payments

We have covered Economic Impact Payments extensively to keep you up to date about this important provision. Here are some past posts you may find useful:

Get Help From the Tax Experts at JT Tax Services

It’s important to know this and other relevant provisions to navigate the current circumstances. Our knowledgeable experts at JT Tax Services will help you so you can take advantage of all the relief initiatives you are eligible for.

This is particularly important because Tax Day is approaching. The deadline is July 15, so this is the right time to take steps to ensure that your taxes are filed and paid on time.

At JT Tax Services we have the experience, the knowledge and the drive to assist you. With our advice, you can file your taxes with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are limiting your liability while staying compliant with federal and state tax regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California. Contact us by email, telephone or through our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to learn more about our services.

Economic Impact Payments are not Social Security Benefits.

Remember: Economic Impact Payments Belong to the Recipient, not to Nursing Homes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an alert reminding people that Economic Impact Payments (EIP) generally belong to the recipients, not to nursing homes or the organizations providing care for them.

Economic Impact Payments Are for the Recipients

The IRS  believes that some people may be taking advantage of retirees who receive an Economic Impact Payment, a government measure that offers financial relief to those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s important to underline that payments are for the recipients. This applies even if a nursing home or facility or provider receives the person’s payment either directly or indirectly by direct deposit or check.

Benefit recipients don’t have to turn over their EIP because the payments they are considered and advance refund for 2020 taxes.  They also do not count as income in determining eligibility for Medicaid and other federal programs

Economic Impact Payments Are Not Social Security Benefits

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a representative payee is only responsible for managing Social Security or SSI benefits, but an EIP is not included in that category. If the beneficiary wants to use the EIP independently, the payee should provide the EIP to the beneficiary.

If the SSA receives an allegation that the EIP was not used on behalf of the beneficiary, it may decide to investigate the matter. The SSA may also determine that the representative payee is no longer suitable and appoint a new representative payee.

The IRS has processed about 159 million Economic Impact Payments, totaling almost $267 billion. Beneficiaries may receive up to $1,200 for individual taxpayers and $2,400 for couples filing jointly. Additionally, taxpayers may also receive an extra $500 for every qualifying child.

Get Help From the Experts

The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is fluid. Therefore, it’s important to know this and other initiatives to navigate the current circumstances.

Our experts at JT Tax Services will help you take advantage of all the relief initiatives you are eligible for.

At JT Tax Services we have the experience, the knowledge and the drive to assist you. With our advice, you can file your taxes with peace of mind. You will rest easy knowing that you are limiting your liability while staying compliant with all regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California. Contact us by email, telephone or through our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to learn more about our services.

The Amount of Your Economic Impact Payment Is Incorrect? Here's what to do.

What to Do if the Amount of Your Economic Impact Payment Is Incorrect?

The Internal Revenue Service has processed about 159 million Economic Impact Payments (EIP), a stimulus geared to help taxpayers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

However, some people are surprised to discover that the amount of their Economic Impact Payment is smaller than they expected. What to do in this situation?

Some Basic Information

It’s worth remembering that eligible taxpayers may get up to $1,200 for individuals, and up to $2,400 for those married filing jointly. Additionally, they may receive $500 for every qualifying child (you can use this chart to check how much you should receive).

As we have seen in a previous post, there are three basic reasons why your Economic Impact Payment may be smaller than expected:

  • You haven’t filed your return for 2019, so your Economic Impact Payment is based on past information.
  • The qualifying child is under 17 years of age (considering how old they are at the end of the year for the tax return on which the IRS bases the payment amount).
  • Your payment was offset by past-due child support payments.

What to Do if the Amount of Your Economic Impact Payment Is Incorrect?

The IRS is not able at this moment to correct or issue additional payments. If you believe the amount of your Economic Impact Payment is incorrect, your option is claiming the additional amount when you file your 2020 tax return.

Keep the Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment, you will receive regarding your Economic Stimulus Payment with your records. This notice is mailed to your last known mail address a couple of weeks after your payment is issued. You can refer to this notice when you file your 2020 tax return. This way you’ll be able to claim additional credits if you qualify for them.

Get Expert Advice

It’s important to know this and other initiatives to navigate the current circumstances. Our knowledgeable experts at JT Tax Services will help you take advantage of all the relief initiatives you are eligible for.

At JT Tax Services we have the experience, the knowledge and the drive to assist you. With our advice, you can file your taxes with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are limiting your liability while staying compliant with federal and state tax regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California. Contact us by email, telephone or through our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to learn more about our services.

Some people will receive their Economic Impact Payments by debit card.

The IRS Will Deliver Some Economic Impact Payments by Debit Card

The Internal Revenue Service will deliver the Economic Impact Payments of nearly four million people by by prepaid debit card instead of paper check.

According to the official website for the cards, this method will be used to deliver the payments of taxpayers whose bank details the IRS doesn’t have.

This Is What Your Debit Card Will Allow You to Do

If you receive your Economic Impact Payment by prepaid card, you will get some benefits that include:

  • Making purchases online or at any retail location where Visa payments are accepted
  • Getting cash from in-network ATMs
  • Transferring funds to your personal bank account.
  • Checking you balance card by mobile app or by phone.
  • Enjoying the same consumer protections available to traditional bank account owners, such as protection against fraud and loss.

The prepaid cards arrive in a plain envelope from Money Network Card Holder Services. The Visa name appears on the front of the card, while the back of the card has the name of the Issuing bank, MetaBank®, N.A. Information included with the card specifies that the card is an Economic Impact Payment.

Users who receive their Economic Impact Payments by prepaid card will have to activate their cards calling the number 1.800.240.8100 and validating their identity providing at least their name, address and social security number.

As of this moment you cannot request the IRS to send Economic Impact Payment as a debit card. For more information about the Economic Impact Payment prepaid cards, visit www.eipcard.com.

Get Advice From the Experts

As you can see, the IRS’ response to COVID-19 changes constantly, so it’s important to stay updated. You can check the IRS website or this blog. It’s also a good idea to get advice from a reliable, experienced source.

Our knowledgeable tax experts at JT Tax Services will help you so you can take advantage of all the government relief initiatives you are eligible for.

At JT Tax Services we have the experience, the knowledge and the drive to assist you. With our advice, you can file your taxes with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are limiting your liability while staying compliant with federal and state tax regulations.

We are located in Oxnard, California. Contact us by email, telephone or through our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to learn more about our services.