TN 31 (01-08)

GN 02402.337 Coding Israeli Bank Data for the MBR

A. Introduction

1. Coding Israeli Bank Data

This section describes how to code bank data for direct deposit of Title II benefits to a financial institution (FI) in Israel. The bank data will be stored on the MBR in the same fields as are used for U.S. direct deposit. Special coding identifies the data as International Direct Deposit (IDD) for Israel and allows benefit payments to be routed through the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) and the processor bank in Israeli to the beneficiary’s FI in Israel.

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 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, GN 01702.310C).

2. Where to Obtain Data

The data for coding may come from a check, a signup form for Israel (see GN 02402.337E.), or the equivalent information received by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail.

3. Multi-Country Contract

The processor bank in Israel will have a prefix of 71 at the beginning of the routing number (RTN) and an assigned letter in the first position of the Depositor Account Number (DAN). The letter assigned for Israel is “R.”

B. Description - Israeli Bank Data

Israeli bank data consists of a total of up to 15 digits, as follows:

  • A Bank Code of 3 digits, beginning with zero (0).

  • A Branch Code of 3 digits.

  • An Account Number of 1 to 9 digits.

C. Procedure

Follow the steps in this procedure to code direct deposit of Title II benefits to an FI in Israel.

  1. Are you coding an initial claim?

    • If yes, go to step 3.

    • If no, go to step 2.

  2. Is the beneficiary’s address on the MBR in a foreign country (PCOC = 8)? If no, STOP.

    REASON: The MBR will not accept IDD information (RTN begins with 5, 6, or 7) unless the address is in a foreign country.

  3. Is the beneficiary’s account a U.S. dollar account at an FI in Israel? If yes, STOP.

    REASON: IDD payments to Israel are sent in local currency, not U.S. dollars. The account must be a local currency account (Shekels).

  4. Code the type of account as Checking.

  5. Code the Routing and Transit Number field as follows:

    • Start with 71, the prefix assigned to countries for which the FI in Israel is the processor bank.

    • Code the 3-digit bank code, which always begins with 0 (zero). If only 2 digits are provided, add a zero at the front to make a total of 3 digits.

    • Code the 3-digit branch code.

    • Code the U.S. check digit. Obtain the U.S. check digit by using the Check Digit program on Title II/Interactive Comps.

  6. Code the Depositor Account Number as follows:

    • Start with R, the letter assigned to show that the FI is in Israel.

    • Code the account number of 1 to 9 digits. Do not code any dashes.

D. Example

A signup form for Israel contains the following information:

Bank code 12. Branch code 456. Account Number 1234567.

  • The RTN will be 710124564. (The final digit, 4, is the U.S. check digit for 71012456.)

  • The DAN will be R123456789

E. Exhibit – IDD Enrollment Form for Israel

G-SSA-1199-OP14-1

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