Government Stimulus payments have begun to arrive. We will be diligently working to process deposits from the US Treasury as they arrive, but have no additional information beyond what the IRS website provides. As with the first round of stimulus payments, they will likely be in waves, so KEMBA will not know when individual members will receive their payments.
If you have NOT received your deposit yet:
1) Please visit the IRS website for any questions and to use the Get My Payment link for a status update.
2) Call the IRS at 800.829.1040 for assistance.
3) For members who used H&R Block for previous tax returns, your stimulus payment may be delayed, learn more.
4) For members who received the message, “Payment Status #2 – Not Available” your check will not be automatically deposited. You will receive your stimulus payment after your 2020 taxes are filed, click here for details.
5) Click here for more reasons your payment may be delayed.
6) For members who see a stimulus deposit on 1/4/2021 and a retraction on 1/5/2021, it may be due to a name mismatch on the check and membership. In that case, KEMBA is legally obligated to send the funds back to the originator, and we encourage you to reach out directly to the IRS at 800.829.1040 for payment details.
For members receiving physical checks, or conducting business at KEMBA branch drive-thrus, please be aware you may experience extended wait times due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the distribution of these stimulus checks. There may also be longer than normal hold times when calling Member Services. We appreciate your patience as we continue to serve your financial needs, and look for ways to enable efficient, secure banking.
Ways to Skip the Wait
If you receive a physical check, consider using Mobile Banking with Virtual Check Deposit to avoid the waits at the drive-thrus. Likewise, for those of you with everyday banking needs, you can also use Online Banking or Instant Access (Telephone Banking) to skip the wait times. Click the links below for more information on how to bank from the convenience of your home.
Helpful Hints When Your Stimulus Check Arrives
Once you have received your check, there are many ways to use your stimulus money. It is important to evaluate the options to see what makes the most sense for you and your family. Here are some tips that may help:
1. Beware of fraud
With checks arriving, the potential for fraud increases. For information regarding stimulus check fraud click here. To reduce the chance of fraud, it is recommended that you set up direct deposit with the IRS, click here for more information regarding IRS payments.
2. Plan before spending
Before spending any of the money, create a plan, starting with the essentials:
3. Fund an emergency savings account
If you can afford to, put some of this money into an existing or new emergency fund so the money is there when you need it most.
4. Make a new budget
Stretch your stimulus check as much as possible by updating your budget and monthly spending plan.
5. Pay off high-interest credit-card and other loan debt
Consider using part of the stimulus check to pay down high interest credit cards and other loan debt. This can help save you money and free up some cash flow in the long run. If you’re low on cash, consider paying just the minimum for the next few months; but, be aware that this will likely cost you more in interest in the long-term.
6. Make sure you’re earning the most you can on your money
Now is the time to make sure you’re making as much interest as you can on your various savings accounts, as every penny counts right now.
Please call us at 614.643.1660, if you have any questions about the best way to use your stimulus check for your individual financial circumstances. Our dedicated associates stand ready to help you navigate your finances during these difficult times.