News & Updates
Update on IRS Economic Impact Payments
As we are sure you have heard in the news, the third round of Economic Impact Payments, or stimulus payments, is on the way. We know how important and vital these funds are for local families, our community, and you - our valued members. As eligible recipients await the stimulus payments, we encourage you to visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Website
to track your payment and read through the Frequently Asked Questions
This round of stimulus payments does differ in some ways to previous payments. To learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act click here.
Stimulus payments may be received in a variety of ways, including:
- Direct Deposit. If you receive direct deposit, you may see your stimulus payment 'pending' in your account until the funds are scheduled to be available.
- Paper Check. If you receive a paper check, you can make your deposit remotely through AEA Online Banking's Mobile Deposit feature, at an AEA ATM, or by visiting an AEA Branch.
- EIP Card. The following FAQ from the IRS website relates to the EIP card and we found it particularly helpful:
- "How is the EIP Card sent and how do I identify it? The EIP Card is a debit card sent by U.S. Mail in a white envelope with the U.S. Department of the Treasury seal and a return address from "Economic Impact Payment Card.” The card has the Visa name on the front and the issuing bank, MetaBank®, N.A., on the back. Information included with the EIP Card explains that this is your Economic Impact Payment. If you receive an EIP Card, visit EIPcard.com for more information."
To check the status of your payment, visit irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
Branch Hours and Access
At AEA, we continue to be committed to doing what is best for the health and safety of our team, community, and you, our valued members. Since the start of this pandemic, we have had 13 member-facing team members test positive for Covid-19 (listed below are instances from the past 90 days.) At first sign of contact or symptoms, our employees have been proactive in informing us of the situation and self-isolating. We then have been proactive in immediately informing employees who worked near them or had contact with them and in an abundance of caution, the Branch is deep cleaned, sanitized, and fogged.
- The week of January 18th, we received confirmation that a member-facing team member at our Central Branch tested positive for Covid-19. The employee was last in branch on January 13th.
- The week of March 1st, we received confirmation that two member-facing team members at our Parker Branch tested positive for Covid-19. The employees were last in branch on March 2nd.
We are committed to doing our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19 through the following efforts:
- Our branches, including all back-office areas, are thoroughly sanitized and deep cleaned on a nightly basis by a professional cleaning crew.
- Fogging is being done weekly at all Yuma County branches.
- Staff regularly sanitize and clean their areas throughout the day.
- We have installed glass partitions along teller windows and member service desks and social distancing markers along the floor.
- Face masks are recommended at all Yuma County branches.
Remember, we are here for you. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please reach out to discuss your options with one of our experienced team members. As we work together to get through the coming months, we are grateful for the dedication of our team, strength of our community, and for you, our valued members - today and everyday.