Debit Cards and Direct Deposit Available for Unemployment Claimants
Debit card and direct deposit will be offered to newly unemployed workers as they apply for unemployment benefits. Claimants currently receiving benefits can also enroll for debit cards or direct deposit payments online at https://ui.tn.gov. In the future, all claimants will receive their unemployment benefits electronically.
“This update represents both savings and convenience,” said former Commissioner James Neeley. “The state will save a great deal of time and money processing and delivering checks, and claimants will find the new options more convenient, as they can use debit cards immediately at most banks and retail stores without waiting by the mailbox for the check to arrive.”
Last year, the state issued nearly 8 million unemployment checks, and it is projected electronic payments will save the state approximately $3.2 million annually in postage and paper costs.
While claimants can make withdrawals from a bank displaying a Visa logo and monitor account balances online at no charge, other transactions can result in fees and surcharges. Claimants will receive an information kit and tips on avoiding charges when they receive their TAP debit card. Debit card and direct deposit information, teller locations and frequently asked questions are also available online at http://state.tn.us/labor-wfd/uidebitcard/,