Economic Opportunity Team Rapid Response
*Information on Receiving your Stimulus Check from the IRS*
ATTENTION: The IRS has begun the process of distributing stimulus payments. For those without bank or credit union accounts previously filed with the IRS, the time is now to do so to avoid waiting months for a check.
It’s not too late for those who have never given their account information to the IRS. And it’s not too late for those who are unbanked to open a bank or credit union account and get stimulus payments faster, more safely, and for free — directly deposited into their account! See the two steps below to learn how.
Step 1: Get your bank or credit union account number.
If you don’t already have one, open a safe and affordable certified Bank On account online with one of these banks:
- Dollar Bank, No Overdraft Checking Account
- First Commonwealth Bank, SmartPay Card
- KeyBank, Hassle-Free Account
- Bank of America, Advantage SafeBalance Banking Account
- Chase, Secure Banking Account
To open an account, you may need one or more of the following on hand:
- Social Security Number or ITIN number
- State-issued identification, like your Driver’s License
- Country-issued identification card
- Mailing address
- Date of Birth
NOTE: Each financial institution has its own procedure for account opening. While the accounts listed above can be opened online, other banks and credit unions may require you to verify your identification or make your initial deposit in-person at a branch.
Step 2: Visit the IRS’ website page on Economic Impact (stimulus) payments and sign up with your account number.
To get more information about Economic Impact Payments: Visit the IRS’ Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more.
- We have created a financial resources guide here: COVID-19| Financial Resources Available to Allegheny County Residents
- The Financial Opportunity Centers at Oakland Planning and Development Corporation and Mon Valley Initiative are open and available to assist with employment, financial, and benefits coaching. The Financial Empowerment Center is serving anyone in need of free financial counseling through phone or video sessions. Together, the FOC and FEC network has 8 trained professionals serving Allegheny County and can respond to immediate needs such as accessing public benefits and applying for unemployment compensation, as well as longer-term issues such as prioritizing a stimulus check and setting savings goals.
- Our Pittsburgh Saves campaign is active through April 30, and offers a $200 prize to one person each week who takes the America Saves Pledge.
- Fund My Future provides incentives and assistance to families to save for their children’s futures, and during April provides additional chances to win for those unable to make deposits.
- We are also promoting these bank accounts that are certified to be safe, affordable, and able to be opened online, to those who need an account to access direct deposit of their stimulus checks; banks with a local presence include Dollar, First Commonwealth, Bank of America, Chase, and KeyBank.