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Deadline approaches for switch to direct deposit for Social Security benefits

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GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) -

If you receive Social Security, VA or any other federal benefits by paper check you have until March 1 to switch to direct deposit.

The "Go Direct" campaign aims to save American taxpayers millions of dollars. The Treasury Department says electronic payments are safer and more cost-effective than standard checks. According to the "Go Direct" campaign website, sending paper checks costs taxpayers $120 million.

This week, Wells Fargo is offering their services to anyone wishing to make the switch no matter what bank they belong to. Joy Zepkowski, manager of the Wells Fargo on Augusta Road in Garden City, says this is a free service to the community. All you need to bring is your bank account information.

You can also make the switch via phone. Just call (800) 333-1795 or visit www.Godirect.org.

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