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Payment Cards for Payroll/Annuity Net Pay (PayCards)

FPP P.004

Comptroller Requirements

Authorization form

Payees use the PayCard Enrollment Authorization (74-224) PDF to enroll in the paycard program. The paying agency must provide the payee the enrollment form as well as the federally required disclosure forms before processing the enrollment. These documents and the requirements are posted on TexPayment Resource – PayCards. State agencies must certify on the enrollment form that the required disclosure forms were provided to the payee before enrollment.

The form must be completed in its entirety, and will be rejected and sent back to the paying agency if any information is omitted. No alterations to the authorization language will be accepted.

This form authorizes the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to deposit net payroll/annuity payments from the state of Texas to the payee’s Bank of America paycard. The Comptroller’s office will reverse any payments made to the payee’s account in error at the request of the paying agency.

Prenote period

A prenotification (prenote) test is sent to Bank of America for all new paycard accounts, the same as other types of direct deposit. The prenote period is three banking days.

Allow for 10 days

The setup of direct deposit instructions for a paycard must be completed no later than 10 days before payments are processed to take effect for that payment period. This ensures sufficient time for the prenote period to complete and for the payee to receive the paycard. A warrant will be issued for a payroll/annuity payment processed before the paycard is activated.

Savings account

A savings account deduction cannot be paid to a paycard. The paycard amount will be the checking account deduction.

Travel reimbursement

Travel reimbursement payments cannot be paid to a paycard. Employees who choose to receive their net pay on a paycard will receive travel reimbursements by warrant unless the agency establishes a separate mail code and uses that mail code with direct deposit instructions only for travel reimbursements.