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Set up direct deposit

Note: This support article only applies to Individual Cash Accounts with checking features

Overview

To switch your direct deposit to Wealthfront, share this info with your employer or payroll service provider:

 Your name: Please provide your full legal name on file with Wealthfront

 Account type: If you’re asked to choose between savings and checking, please choose checking.

Your routing and account numbers

The name and address of our partner bank (this is usually not required):

Green Dot Bank
1675 North Freedom Blvd.
Provo, UT 84604

You can find this info in your account. Log in to Wealthfront, navigate to your Cash Account, then select Manage.

If your employer or payroll provider requires a Wealthfront form to make this change, send us a support message and we'll be happy to help!

How long does it take to complete the switch?

Once you switch your direct deposit to Wealthfront, it can take your employer anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete the switch. To get a clearer sense of the timing, ask your employer what to expect.

If you get paid before the switch is complete, your employer will either direct-deposit your paycheck to the account you were using before the switch, or they’ll give you a paper check.

If you end up with a paper check during the transition, please deposit it into your old account, then transfer the funds to Wealthfront. While we do support mobile check deposits, one of the current eligibility requirements is that you've already direct deposited to us. Learn more

When will my paycheck arrive?

Your paycheck may arrive by 6:00am PST, up to two days before your usual payday. The exact timing ultimately depends on your payroll service provider.

If the date of your direct deposit falls on a weekend or bank holiday, it will typically arrive on the next business day.

Will you put a hold on my direct deposit?

Nope! The moment we receive your deposit, you'll have full access to your money, and it will immediately accrue interest.

Can I direct-deposit my partner’s paycheck?

No, sorry! We can only accept direct deposits that are in the account holder’s name.

That said, we understand that being able to do this is important. Checking features will be available for Joint Cash Accounts soon!

What other types of payments can I direct-deposit?

Direct deposit isn’t just for paychecks from your employer. You can also direct-deposit the following:

 Tax refunds: Direct deposit is the fastest way to get your tax refund. For more info, check out the IRS’s handy guide. Note: A tax refund does not count as a qualifying direct deposit towards the eligibility criteria for mobile check deposit or to send a check.

 Social Security benefits: To set up direct deposit for your Social Security benefits, head over to Go Direct or call 1 (800) 333-1795.

 Child support: To set up direct deposit for child support or maintenance, get in touch with the state department that’s coordinating these payments.

Troubleshooting my direct deposit

Still waiting on a paycheck? Get in touch with your employer to make sure they sent your paycheck on time and that they have the right routing and account numbers on file.

If everything is in order on your employer’s end, please email us at support@wealthfront.com. We’ll ask you for the name of your employer and the exact amount you’re expecting. We’ll work with you to troubleshoot the issue.

 

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Checking features for the Cash Account are subject to Green Dot Bank’s application and approval. Debit Card is optional and must be requested. Wealthfront Cash Account Visa® Debit Card is issued by Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Visa is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association. Wealthfront products and services are not provided by Green Dot Bank. Green Dot is a registered trademark of Green Dot Corporation. Green Dot Bank operates under the following registered trade names: GoBank, Green Dot Bank and Bonneville Bank. All of these registered trade names are used by, and refer to, a single FDIC-insured bank, Green Dot Bank. Deposits under any of these trade names are deposits with Green Dot Bank and are aggregated for deposit insurance coverage. ©2020 Green Dot Corporation. All rights reserved.

Early availability depends on timing of payor’s payment instructions and fraud prevention restrictions may apply. As such, the availability or timing of early direct deposit may vary from pay period to pay period. Interest does not begin accruing until funds arrive at the program banks, which may take up to one business day.

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