Message for U.S. Citizens
June 20, 2020
Economic Impact Payments (EIP)
The U.S. Embassy in Quito has received several Economic Impact Payments, also known as “stimulus checks,” authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), for recipients residing in Ecuador.
If you received notification from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicating an Economic Impact Payment was mailed to your last known address in Ecuador, please contact us via email at ACSQuito@state.gov to confirm whether we have received your check. Please be sure to include “EIP” in the subject line.
If you have not received notification from the IRS but believe you may be entitled to this payment, visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. Follow the steps under “Check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment” by clicking the “Get My Payment” button.
If the IRS website indicates a payment status of, “We scheduled your check to be mailed to you on (mailed on date),” email ACSQuito@state.gov to confirm whether we have received your check. Be sure to provide the mailed on date to allow us to locate the check.
If the website indicates a payment status of “deposited,” check with your financial institution to determine whether the payment has indeed been credited to your account.
For all other questions, including eligibility criteria, visit the Economic Impact Payment Information Center for the IRS at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center#eligibility
Ecuador’s local postal service, Correos del Ecuador, is no longer operating. The U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil will therefore respond to EIP recipients to arrange for in-person pick up of checks. Please note that check pick-up is by appointment only.
Choose Direct Deposit for Federal Benefits
The federal government strongly encourages federal benefit recipients to choose direct deposit. Federal Regulation 31 CFR Part 208 requires individuals who are physically in the United States to convert federal benefit paper checks to direct deposit in most circumstances. Direct deposit is the safest, most convenient, and reliable method of receiving your benefits. The payment is electronically transmitted to your bank account and you have access to your funds, eliminating the risk of missing or stolen checks. The United States Department of the Treasury does not charge fees to make deposits. Ecuadorian banks may charge fees.
If you are still receiving physical checks, switch to direct deposit by contacting your corresponding federal agency for assistance. General information, as well details specific to COVID-19, for federal agencies is available as follows:
- Social Security Administration: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
- U.S. Department of the Treasury: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares
- Internal Revenue Service: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments
Also, consider selecting this option when filing your annual tax return, in order to expedite receipt of any refund. Information about direct deposit of tax refunds is available from the Internal Revenue Service.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/
For VA direct deposit, complete the form at: https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-24-0296a-ARE.pdf and mail, email, or fax it to the address at the bottom of the form.
- OPM benefits: You can make changes to your online retirement account at: https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov