Key deadline for Social Security recipients

By WEEK Reporter

Key deadline for Social Security recipients

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 4:41 AM CDT

An important deadline for seniors.

If you receive a paper check for your social security, by law you have until today to switch to an electronic payment method.

If you collect Social Security, you now have to receive your benefits through direct deposit or loaded onto a direct express debit card.

If you haven't made the switch yet, get online and visit

If you have an account at a bank or credit union, you can go there to sign up for direct deposit.

Seniors born on or before May 1, 1921 can opt to still receive a paper check.

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