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Pay Cards for Payroll/Retirement Net Pay

FPP P.004

Comptroller Requirements

Authorization form

Payees complete the Pay Card Enrollment Authorization (74-224) to enroll in the pay card program. The paying agency must provide the payee with hard copies of the federally required disclosures before providing and processing the enrollment form. These documents and the requirements are posted on TexPayment Resource – Pay Card. State agencies must certify on the enrollment form that the required disclosure forms were provided to the payee before enrollment.

The enrollment form must be completed in its entirety by the payee and paying agency and will be returned if any information is omitted. No alterations to the authorization language will be accepted.

This form authorizes the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (Comptroller’s office) to deposit payroll/travel or retirement payments from the state of Texas to the payee’s pay card account. At the request of the paying agency, the Comptroller’s office will reverse any payments made in error from the payee’s pay card account.

Prenote period

A prenotification (prenote) test is sent to the bank for all new pay card 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 pay card must be completed no later than 10 days before payments are processed for that payment period. This ensures sufficient time for the prenote period to complete and for the payee to receive the pay card. Payees must activate their card as soon as it is received to ensure timely posting of their payments to the card.

Savings account

A pay card account will only be set up as a checking account. A savings account cannot be set up for a pay card.

Travel reimbursement

Employee travel reimbursement payments can be added to the pay card, whether issued to a PR or SP payroll mail code or non-payroll mail code.