The IRS sent the $ 1200 that the CARES Act provided as direct deposits, paper checks, and prepaid cards. Could the delayed direct payments, and those corresponding to people who registered through the Non-filers tool also come as a prepaid debit card?
Sending the EIP money via prepaid debit cards was a test the IRS did in the first round of direct payments that had several problems, including the fact that many individuals disposed of it thinking it was spam or some kind of fraud.
Will the agency be sending more cards now?
According to the IRS website, the Economic Impact Payment cards are not being sent as payment now. The EIP cards that are sponsored by the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, managed by Money Network Financial, LLC and issued by Treasury’s financial agent, MetaBank®, N.A. will not be sent to pay for owed stimulus checks.
Individuals can’t choose to receive an Economic Impact Payment as an EIP card. If the Economic Impact Payment is not sent by direct deposit, the payment will be a paper check.
The determination of who received an EIP card was made by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS), another part of the Treasury Department that works with the IRS to handle the distribution of the payments.
Therefore, people who registered to receive a stimulus check through the Non-filers tool should not expect to receive the payment as a card.