TreasuryDirect now allows adding bank accounts online

I just found out (from /r/personalfinance) that TreasuryDirect now allows adding new bank accounts without having to mail that dreaded FS Form 5512!!! Unfortunately, the form is still required to edit bank information, so be careful when adding the new accounts – you won’t be able to edit them online. You should be able to delete them though, so delete+add may just do the trick. If you want to change your primary funding source to a new one, you must make that selection while adding the new account, since it can’t be done after. Read the new instructions here before proceeding. Don’t know how many bank accounts can be added.

This is a great (and long overdue) development, because FS Form 5512 requires a medallion signature guarantee, which may not be easy to get. When I needed it many years ago (IIRC to open the TD account), I had to deal with lots of clueless Chase reps before finding out there’s only one person in the region who could do it, then driving to his branch and dealing with more clueless tellers just to find him.

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That is indeed great news. Thanks for sharing!

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Although medallion signature guarantees are obsolete, and a pain in the ass, changing the bank account should be securely controlled. Do you know what is required to change the bank account now?

Change = edit = needs FS Form 5512 (https://treasurydirect.gov/forms/sec5512.pdf).

I think the easiest way to change your bank info would be to first add a new account and make it the primary account right on the “add” form:

Then delete your old account. You can’t delete a primary account, but you should be able to delete all others. You may first have to go through all your securities to make sure any proceeds are deposited into the new account.

This is somewhat securely controlled – it will ask a “security question” before displaying the add form. It’ll also send an email. And they claim to do some kind of bank account information verification as part of the process, so one would hope that bad actors couldn’t cash out our securities into some mule accounts.

The form mentions acceptable seals or stamps, which includes Signature Guaranteed, Endorsement Guaranteed, Corporate, etc. My guess is they’re just as difficult to obtain as the medallion, simply because low level bankers may not know about them and not every branch can provide it.

Awesome find !!!

I take back every bad thing I’ve ever thought about you, and wish I’d thought more bad things to take back. Thank you, kind sir/madam/they/it/giraffe, for making my month. How wonderful!

I’m not sure why they’re obsolete, but in my experience, they’re not a PITA if you’ve got a relationship with your banker. I’ve had to get one twice (can’t recall, but possibly a requirement for something at Fidelity), and the only PITA part was calling my Chase branch manager to find out when I should come in.

Does anyone know if TreasuryDirect payments (from maturing notes, bonds, etc.) count as direct deposits? I had hoped my RMDs from Fidelity, Schwab, or Vanguard would count, but they’ve all failed.

If I walked into my local Wells Fargo branch office and ask for the manager, they will probably call the police. I avoid it like the plague and haven’t been there for years.

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This brings up the question of how to secure a treasury direct account? Their two factor authentication is to send an email. In my case, to a Gmail address.

I’ve read that I can set up 2FA for Gmail but it seems like another pita. Has anyone been able to get them to send alerts? I looked around, trying to see if I could get an alert when their 1099 was available, but could not find a way.

Understood. I think we’ve just been lucky with Chase (very lucky) and WF. These days, it seems especially hard to build a relationship because everyone keeps getting transferred/fired/quits. :frowning:

Here’s your alert. Seems like 1099 was made available the day you asked. There’s a message in my investor inbox. But I did not receive an email notifying me of the new message in my inbox…

Security features are described here. It doesn’t mention anything else.

Security is a PITA. The more PITA, the better the security (usually).

I will sign future posts you won’t like with a link to this post to remind you of this wonderful giraffe.

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I received an email today from treasury direct notifying me that I had a 1099 on their site. They also provide a link to a video on how to access it. Incredibly complex if you have accounts from paper bonds that you transferred to electronic form.

https://treasurydirect.gov/indiv/tools-videos/treasurydirect-1099/

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