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Defenders Q&A: Will the government see how I spend my money?

If you have a question you'd like KVUE to answer, text 512-459-9442.

AUSTIN, Texas — Many viewers have reached out to KVUE with questions regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and the KVUE Defenders took a look at some of them.

Here are the answers to some of your questions.

Question: Will the government see how I spend my money?

Answer: The answer is no. Under federal law, the government is not allowed to ask about your card account, and the card issuer is not allowed to give the government information about your card account without your written permission.

Question: What's the difference between the EIP card and a traditional debit card?

Answer: Unlike a bank debit card, your EIP card is not linked to a checking account. Instead, your EIP card is loaded with funds, and then each purchase you make is deducted from the balance.

Question: Can the government withdraw funds from my EIP card?

Answer: The answer is no. The funds loaded onto the card belong to you, and you're the only one who can withdraw the funds.

The payment is based on the most recent tax return on file with the IRS 2018 or 2019.

If you have filed your 2019 tax return by paper, most have not been processed and are being held until IRS offices are open and workers who process those returns are back to work.

Question: The information included with the EIP debit card states you can deposit the EIP funds into a bank account. How do we deposit the EIP funds directly into the bank account?

Answer: You can easily transfer the funds from your EIP card to an existing bank account online at eipcard.com or using the money network mobile app.

You will need the routing and account number for your bank account.

Question: Was there a positive case of COVID-19 at La Petite?

Answer: La Petite has confirmed they are closed due to a staff member testing positive for coronavirus. The daycare will remain closed until June 1.

In a statement, La Petite said it's following CDC guidelines which include:

  • Closing off areas used by the person who is sick
  • Opening doors and windows to increase air circulation in those areas
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms and common areas

If you have a question you'd like KVUE to answer, text 512-459-9442.

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