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PBGC Payment Dates

The table below shows the dates through 2014 when direct deposit payments will be delivered and when paper checks, dated the first of the month, will be mailed. Direct deposit payments are usually available sooner than paper checks.

Direct Deposits

Direct deposit is a simple, safe, and secure way to receive payments, and it's free. What's more, with direct deposit, you no longer have to wait for mail delivery of a check or go to your bank to deposit your payment. More than 80 percent of all people receiving pension payments from PBGC have their payments deposited directly into an account at their bank, savings and loan, credit union, or on their pre-paid debit card. Direct deposit is available only if your account is with a U.S. financial institution. Direct deposit payments are normally posted to accounts no later than the first business day of each month. If the first of the month falls on a weekend or holiday, direct deposit payments will usually post before the first of the month. For this reason, February, March, August, and November 2015 direct deposit payments will arrive before the first of the month. For tax purposes, January is the exception to this rule. If payments arrived in December, it would result in a tax liability for 2014 instead of 2015. For this reason, January direct deposit payments will arrive on January 4, 2016. PBGC also provides direct deposit payment dates for 2015 and beyond.

Paper Checks

PBGC mails paper checks several days before the first of each month and they usually arrive by the first of the month. However, PBGC cannot guarantee delivery on the first. Sometimes, normal mail delays or delays due to inclement weather or other uncontrollable events result in checks being delivered later. On average, one of every 200 paper checks has to be reissued due to these problems whereas fewer than one of every 4,000 direct deposits are initially rejected. If you have a bank account, we encourage you to choose direct deposit. For more information visit the Apply for direct deposit web page.

Payment MonthDirect Deposit Payment DateCheck Mail Date
January 2015 **Friday, 01/02/2015 Friday, 12/29/2014
February 2015 *Friday, 01/30/2015 Wednesday, 01/28/2015
March 2015 *Friday, 02/27/2015 Wednesday, 02/25/2015
April 2015 Wednesday, 04/01/2015 Friday, 03/27/2015
May 2015 Friday, 05/01/2015 Tuesday, 04/28/2015
June 2015 Monday, 06/01/2015 Wednesday, 05/27/2015
July 2015 Wednesday, 07/01/2015 Friday, 06/26/2015
August 2015 *Friday, 07/31/2015 Wednesday, 07/29/2015
September 2015 Tuesday, 08/01/2015 Thursday, 08/27/2015
October 2015 Thursday, 10/01/2015 Monday, 09/28/2015
November 2015 *Friday, 10/30/2015 Wednesday, 10/28/2015
December 2015 Tuesday, 12/01/2015 Wednesday, 11/25/2015
January 2016 ** Monday, 01/04/2016 Wednesday, 12/29/2015

I receive benefits by Direct Deposit - Printer - Friendly 2015 Payment Dates.
I receive benefits by Check - Printer - Friendly 2015 Payment Dates.

* Please note that direct deposit items with asterisk indicate payment before the first of the month.

** Late payment - New Tax Year. If payments arrived in December, it would result in a tax liability for 2014 instead of 2015. For this reason, January direct deposit payments arrive on the first business day of January.