TN 59 (11-14)
GN 02402.316 Coding Belgium Bank Data for the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR)
This section describes how to code bank data for international direct deposit (IDD) of Title II benefits to a financial institution in Belgium. Social Security Administration (SSA) stores IDD bank data on the MBR in the same fields as are used for United States (U.S.) direct deposit. Special coding identifies the data as Belgium direct deposit (IDD) and allows benefit payments to route through the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) and the processor bank in Belgium to the beneficiary's FI.
NOTE: U.S. domestic (i.e., non-border) field offices (FOs) should not attempt to process an IDD request for this country. U.S. domestic FOs must forward all appropriate information to Office of Earnings and International Operations, Division of International Operations (OEIO, DIO) for processing (For more information on forwarding IDD information, see GN 02402.205C, GN 01010.255, and GN 01702.310C.
A. How we receive IDD bank data
We receive requests to input bank data by mail, phone, or fax in the following formats:
a blank check,
an International Direct Deposit Signup Form for Belgium (SSA-1199-OP6) (see GN 02402.316G in this section), or
any document that contains the required banking information.
NOTE: If upon receipt of the information, there are any discrepancies, follow instructions in GN 00203.020 and GN 02402.025.
B. Multi-country contract
The processor bank in Belgium will have a prefix of 71 at the beginning of the Routing Transit Number (RTN). The first letter of the Depositor Account Number (DAN) field has the letter “B” assigned for Belgium.
C. Overview of IDD for Belgium
The beneficiary must provide complete information to DIO or the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) for input. DIO will fax incomplete forms to the FBU that serves Belgium. The FBU contacts the beneficiary or FI for additional information.
D. Description of Belgium IDD bank data
The data for coding IDD for Belgium will come from the International Bank Account Number (IBAN) provided to the beneficiary from his or her FI. The IBAN will be 16 characters. However, the bank data reflected on the MBR will consist of 19 characters. Technicians will use the IBAN to derive the RTN and DAN when processing an IDD request.
E. Policy for coding Belgium IDD bank data
The FRBKC relies on SSA to provide the complete bank data to ensure correct posting of payments to a customer’s account. If the information is incomplete, the FRBKC rejects the payment and returns the funds to SSA. When establishing or changing IDD bank data for Belgium, you can use an SSA system (i.e. Modernized Claims System (MCS), Manual Adjustment Credit and Award Data Entry (MACADE), etc.). However, you must go to ITS.gov to enter the full IBAN and Society for Worldwide Internet Financial Telecommunication-Business Identifier Code (SWIFT-BIC). If the complete bank account information is not in ITS.gov when the payment processes, the payment rejects and returns to SSA. When using ITS.gov, bank data posts to the MBR within four business days.
The SWIFT code consists of 8 to 11 alphanumeric characters. When an 8-digit code is given, it refers to the primary office:
First 4 characters - bank code (only letters)
Next 2 characters - ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code (only letters)
Next 2 characters - location code (letters and digits) (passive participant will have "1" in the second character)
Last 3 characters - branch code, optional ('XXX' for primary office) (letters and digits)
1. Initial award processing of IDD
Secure IBAN and SWIFT-BIC coding from the beneficiary at the time of filing. The FBU inputs an initial IDD claim if the beneficiary elects the option of direct deposit. All initial IDD claims that an FBU takes for Belgium require input into ITS.gov and an SSA system (i.e. MCS, MACADE, etc.) on the same day. You must complete all initial claims that the International Benefits Office (IBO) takes. You must input all initial claims involving Belgium IDD into ITS.gov and an SSA system (i.e. MCS, MACADE, etc.) on the same day.
NOTE: If there is dire need or hardship involved, advise the beneficiary of the option of initiating payment via a paper check. Inform the beneficiary that the bank may charge for cashing the check. If the beneficiary chooses the option of paper check, the FBU documents and processes the initial claim.
2. Adding or updating bank data using SSA systems
All changes to direct deposit information for Belgium require input into ITS.gov and an SSA system (i.e. Post Entitlement Online System (POS), MACADE, etc…) on the same day. Enter all POS direct deposit changes according to normal procedures. When coding IDD bank data in an SSA system for Belgium within four business days of the current operational month (COM) cutoff date, use the procedure outlined in the following chart:
Are you coding an initial claim?
If yes, go to step 3.
If no, go to step 2.
Is the beneficiary's address on the MBR in a foreign country (PCOC = 8)? If no, STOP.
REASON: The MBR will not accept the International Direct Deposit (IDD) information.
If yes, go to step 3.
Is the beneficiary's account a U.S. dollar account in Belgium? If yes, STOP.
REASON: Beneficiaries in Belgium can only receiveIDD payments in Euro accounts.
If no, go to step 4.
Code the RTN field as follows:
Start with 71, the prefix assigned to the processor bank in Belgium.
Code three zeros (000).
Code the three-digit bank code. (This will be the first three digits on the signup form.)
Code the U.S. check digit. Obtain the U.S. check digit by using the Check Digit program on Title II/Interactive Comps.
NOTE: The final digit is the U.S. check digit Code and is subject to change. Obtain check digit code through the Title II Interactive Comps from the Main Menus 07/Sub Menu 16.
Code the Type of Account as an “S” for savings or a “C” for checking. If no indicated account type, use a “C” for checking account.
Code the DAN as follows:
NOTE: SSA sends IDD payments for Belgium in Euros to local FI accounts.
All IDD payments made in Euros must include the applicable IBAN and SWIFT/BIC codes. Technicians must code this information in ITS.gov and an SSA system (i.e. MACADE, MCS) on the same day.
The Customer Account Number may contain numbers, letters, hyphens, slashes, or periods, and it may contain spaces between characters. SSA's system accepts only numbers, letters, and hyphens. Use a hyphen instead of a slash, period, or space.
F. Example coding Belgium IDD
The customer provides us with a signup form for Belgium containing the following information: BE68539007547034
NOTE: The first 2 characters of the IBAN are “BE”, which represents the International Organizational for Standardization (ISO) country code. The third and fourth characters of the IBAN are the IBAN check digits. The technician should never code the IBAN ISO country code or the check digit to the MBR. The next three characters represent the bank code. The last nine characters of the IBAN represent the account number.
1. Derive the RTN as follows
Code the prefix of “71” (SSA designated prefix for IDD).
Code the three filler zeros “000”
Code the three-digit bank code “539”;
Code the one-digit check code (i.e., 8) (obtained from the Title II interactive Comps from the Main Menus 07/Sub Menu 16);
Code the type of account as a “C” for Checking or an “S” for Savings. If no account type indicated, use a “C” for Checking.
2. Derive the DAN as follows
Code the letter “B” designated for Belgium
Code the nine-digit account number “007547034”
3. Coding in ITS.gov will reflect:
IBAN: BE68539007547034 SWIFT: Full code (example: BEPOIT21020)
The technician will obtain the following:
The coding in an SSA System will reflect:
DIRECT DEPOSIT ROUTING TRANSIT NUMBER: 710005398
ACCOUNT TYPE (C/S): C
DEPOSITOR ACCOUNT NUMBER: B0075470-34
CANCEL DIRECT DEPOSIT (Y):
DIRECT EXPRESS (Y):
The MBR will reflect the following information:
RTN- 710005398 DAN- CB007547034
G. Exhibit - IDD enrollment form for Belgium
Select SSA-1199-OP6 below to view in pdf.
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