On Tuesday, the Senate passed $484 billion in new pandemic relief funds to provide additional funding to the PPP small business aid program, pay for coronavirus testing, and help hospitals deluged by sick patients. The PPP is a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2 trillion stimulus package the US Congress approved on March 27, 2020 to combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new package would provide $320 billion to allow the PPP to take new applicants for the program, which provides forgivable loans to small businesses that keep employees on the payroll for eight weeks. In addition, $30 billion of the PPP loan funds are set aside for banks and credit unions with $10 billion to $50 billion in assets, and another $30 billion is set aside for even- smaller institutions.

To keep yourself and your money safe during these challenging times, read the Special Edition of FDIC Consumer News for COVID-19.

The FDIC’s Money Smart Alliance has over 1,300 public, private and non-profit organizations that provide financial education training using the FDIC’s Money Smart Program.

The FDIC partners with many community organizations and local networks that provide financial resources to consumers, including:

The FDIC is committed to supporting Americans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. You will receive an economic impact payment electronically if you qualify and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has your bank account information from a recent tax filing. If your account information is not on file with the IRS, you can provide it to the IRS to receive your payment via direct deposit by following instructions for non-filers.

If you do not have an account, many banks offer ways to open one remotely – online or through a mobile app – without going to a bank branch. As long as you have a computer or a smartphone with access to the Internet, it is easy to get started.   Learn more about mobile banking. 

Where Can I Find a Bank That Can Open an Account Online?

FDIC’s BankFind tool allows you to locate FDIC-insured banking institutions in your area.  In addition to websites for individual banks, a few organizations have compiled lists of banks offering accounts that can be opened online:  

How Do I Choose the Right Account for Me?

Many people who do not currently have a bank account may find that a “checkless” checking account may be a good option for a first bank account.  Find more information on  how to choose a bank account

Providing Your New Bank Account Information to the IRS

When you open an account, the bank will provide you with a routing number and an account number.  You can submit that information through the IRS portal to receive your economic impact payment if you are eligible.  You can find more information on the IRS’s website, including these Frequently Asked Questions.

Beware of Scams

If you receive unsolicited calls, emails, or other communication claiming to be from the FDIC or another federal agency in connection with COVID-19 related grants or payments in exchange for personal financial information, please do not respond. These are scams. Find out how to report COVID-19 scams.

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