Discarded or Lost COVID-19 Stimulus Prepaid Debit Cards – Did You Know?

In addition to direct deposits and paper checks, the IRS is sending some Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments (EIPs, also called stimulus payments) to eligible Americans by prepaid debit card. Because these debit cards are not sent out in standard U.S. Treasury envelopes, some recipients may have mistaken them for junk mail and thrown them away. Fortunately, if you accidentally discarded an EIP prepaid debit card, you can request a free replacement.

EIP cards arrive in a plain envelope from Money Network Cardholder Services. The front of the card displays a VISA logo, while the back shows a MetaBank logo and the title “Money Network.” If you believe you may have received an EIP card and thrown it out, call Money Network at 1-800-240-8100 and choose the “Lost or Stolen Card” option. The bank will deactivate your original card and send you a new one. The first replacement card is free, but a fee of $7.50 will be charged for any subsequent replacement cards.

If you qualify for an EIP but your payment has not yet been sent, you may be able to request that your payment be added to a prepaid debit card you already have. Visit the EIP Get My Payment portal or Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here portal to learn more (links are below).

Get My Payment portal (for those required to file federal income tax returns): https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here portal: https://www.irs.gov/coro…/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
EIP Card Website: https://www.eipcard.com/


Disclaimer: For informational purposes only. Does not constitute legal, financial, or other advice. Consult with a professional before taking any action.