Can Banks Keep Stimulus Payments from Seniors?

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I didn’t want to believe it, but apparently some banks keep stimulus payments from seniors. Some have backtracked after immense social and political pressure. It’s hard to fathom that any bank would even consider this practice considering the current environment.

Will Senior Citizens Get a Coronavirus Stimulus Check in 2020?

Millions of Americans are out of work or have had their hours reduced. It should not surprise banks when many have accounts with a negative balance. Apparently, debt collectors aren’t showing any mercy either. They smell blood in the water and are ready to strike weakened prey.

It’s so bad that even the Treasury Department has gotten involved. They’re investigating whether creditors and banks should be legally allowed to keep stimulus payments.

So far, it hasn’t stopped debt collectors or some banks from grabbing money they perceive as theirs.

Banks like USAA had to backtrack their initial stance of keeping stimulus checks. They’re also refunding members that had their assets taken.

Luckily, most of the large banks haven’t been involved in this merciless practice. I guess they figured they received enough help in the last bailout.

Coronavirus Stimulus Payment Bank Positions

Here’s a list of banks that we’ve found online that have reported their stand on this topic of keeping stimulus payments.

BankStimulus Check Position
Radius BankGarnishing Negative Balances
US BankGarnishing Negative Balances
Safe Federal Credit UnionGarnishing Negative Balances
Digital Credit UnionGarnishing Negative Balances
USAARefunding Garnishments
Wells FargoNot Garnishing Payments
JPMorgan ChaseNot Garnishing Payments
Bank of AmericaNot Garnishing Payments
CitibankNot Garnishing Payments

Hopefully, some of these banks will reverse their stance once enough pressure is applied.

Reasons Banks Can Garnish Stimulus Payments

Here are the top reasons banks and debt collectors can garnish your stimulus payments.

  • Delinquent child support payments
  • Court-ordered garnishment to pay creditors or debt collectors
  • Overdraft or negative account balance


Banks that are keeping stimulus payments because of lack of funds just seems wrong to me. The whole idea behind sending the checks was to help citizens, not banks who already get help from the government.

We hope most of our readers haven’t been negatively affected by this practice. Let us know if you hear any more stories or have any experiences to share.



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