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Old 01-08-2021, 01:12 PM
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after several months of my son and his fellow inmates being allowed to fill out paperwork for the first stimulus checks, he just got a paper saying that if they dont have a bank account, they dont get a check. he doesnt, and i havent been able to open one for him (even online) because they cant verify info with him (also, it went thru a credit agency which flagged it?). does anyone have any experience with this problem?
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Yeah i figured it was to good to be true for the inmates to get the money unless they had the checks sent home when they filled out the paperwork im sorry this has happened to your loved one hope that you can get answers you need good luck
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after several months of my son and his fellow inmates being allowed to fill out paperwork for the first stimulus checks, he just got a paper saying that if they dont have a bank account, they dont get a check. he doesnt, and i havent been able to open one for him (even online) because they cant verify info with him (also, it went thru a credit agency which flagged it?). does anyone have any experience with this problem?
I would go online and look for the lawyers who brought the case to Federal Judge. There may be an email or something with the initial report.
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My husband filed on paper as we found out too late we could have done it on line. I don't think he has had a letter saying he needs a bank account. In his state the cheques are sent to inmate banking services and put on their books if they do not owe restitution or child support they should get the whole amount. However the IRS seem to be way behind processing the paper applications. Have you checked his status on the get my payment on the IRS web site?
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after several months of my son and his fellow inmates being allowed to fill out paperwork for the first stimulus checks, he just got a paper saying that if they dont have a bank account, they dont get a check. he doesnt, and i havent been able to open one for him (even online) because they cant verify info with him (also, it went thru a credit agency which flagged it?). does anyone have any experience with this problem?
When I got the first check, my wife was still incarcerated. I filled it out for her online as non-filer, put my bank account on it, and never had any issue. Her name was not on that account. It doesn't have to be in his name. If he owes child support, it will be intercepted on the first check. Many inmates had it sent to the facility and it was processed onto their books.
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I filed my son's online and the check went to his prison. A CO brought it to him to sign so they could deposit it into his canteen account
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My husband filed on paper as we found out too late we could have done it on line. I don't think he has had a letter saying he needs a bank account. In his state the cheques are sent to inmate banking services and put on their books if they do not owe restitution or child support they should get the whole amount. However the IRS seem to be way behind processing the paper applications. Have you checked his status on the get my payment on the IRS web site?
we thought it would be going to his inmate account also...the letter was just given to him yesterday, so i will go online and check his status and maybe call his counselor...? thanks for the ideas...
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after several months of my son and his fellow inmates being allowed to fill out paperwork for the first stimulus checks, he just got a paper saying that if they dont have a bank account, they dont get a check. he doesnt, and i havent been able to open one for him (even online) because they cant verify info with him (also, it went thru a credit agency which flagged it?). does anyone have any experience with this problem?
I have opened a bank account at Capital One! It took less than 10 minutes.
You need the following:
1) The address of the prison (not a P.O.B.)
2) A mailing address (yours) so they can mail the debit card to you.
3) SSN#
4) A Cell Phone number (yours)
5) An email address (I suggest to open an email specifically for the inmate)

You get a routing number & an account number!

You can do the same with other "Online Only" banks like "Chime".
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