TN 86 (01-18)
GN 02402.355 Coding Argentina Bank Data on the Master Beneficiary Records (MBR)
A. Background for coding Argentina bank data
This section describes how to code bank data for international direct deposit (IDD) of title II benefits to a financial institution (FI) in Argentina.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) stores bank data on the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) in the same fields used for United States (U.S.) direct deposit.
Special coding identifies the data as an Argentinian direct deposit and allows SSA to route benefit payments through the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) and the processor bank in Argentina to the beneficiary's FI.
If you receive an IDD request in a U.S. domestic (i.e., non-border) field office (FO), forward all appropriate information to the Office of Earnings and International Operations, (OEIO, DIO) for processing.
For more detail on IDD requests and forwarding information, see
B. How we receive IDD bank data
We receive requests to input bank data by mail, phone, or fax in the following formats:
SSA-1199 (International Direct Deposit Signup Form for Argentina) (see GN 02402.355G in this section), or
Any document that contains the required banking information.
If upon receipt of the information, there are any discrepancies, follow instructions
GN 00203.020, Identity of Claimants
GN 02402.025, Direct Deposit Post Entitlement Interview
C. Multi-country contract
The processing FI in Argentina has prefix “66” at the beginning of the routing and transit number (RTN).
The first letter of the depositor account number (DAN) field has the letter “A” assigned for Argentina.
D. Description of IDD Bank Data for Argentina
IDD payments sent to Argentina must be in U.S. dollar accounts at local FIs.
The beneficiary must provide complete information to DIO or the Federal Benefit Unit (FBU) for input.
DIO faxes incomplete forms to the FBU that serves that territory.
The FBU contacts the beneficiary or FI for the additional information.
E. Description of Argentinian direct deposit data
The data for coding IDD for Argentina comes from banks determined by the FRBKC.
The bank data for Argentina reflected on the MBR consists of up to 27 characters including the country code of “A” for Argentina.
F. Procedure for coding Argentina 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 will reject the payment and return the funds to SSA.
You can code bank data for Argentina through ITS.gov when establishing or changing IDD or use an SSA system (e.g., POS, MACADE).
However, you must go to ITS.gov to enter the following:
NOTE: When using ITS.gov, bank data posts to the MBR within 4 business days.
1. Obtain SWIFT-BIC code from the FI
The SWIFT code contains a minimum of 8 characters and a maximum of 11 characters:
First four characters - bank code (only letters);
Next two characters - ISO 3166-1 alpha-two country code (only letters);
Next two characters - location code (letters and digits) (passive participant have "1" in the second character); and
Last three characters - branch code, optional ('XXX' for primary office) (letters and digits).
2. Process initial award
If you are working on an initial award, you must update ITS.gov using the bank account information prior to processing the award to ensure the beneficiary will receive his or her payment.
If the complete bank account information is not in ITS.gov when the payment processes, the payment will reject and return to SSA.
3. Add or update bank data using SSA systems
When you add or update IDD bank data using an SSA system (e.g. Post Entitlement Online System (POS), MACADE), you must:
Use procedures outlined in the following chart when processing within four business days of the current operational month (COM) cutoff date.
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 IDD information.
If yes, go to step 3.
The RTN is 660000042 for all IDD to Argentina. It contains the:
No need to obtain the check digit code from Title II Interactive Comps.
Code the Type of Account as:
“S” for savings; or
“C” for checking.
If no indicated account type, use a “C” for checking account.
To code the DAN for Argentina, code as follows:
NOTE: SSA sends IDD payments for Argentina only in U.S. dollar accounts.
You must take action on the same business day to enter all the information into ITS.gov listed in the introduction of GN 02402.355F in this section.
You must access ITS.gov or ask a co-worker to update the required information into ITS.gov.
REMINDER: When information is not available, FRBKC rejects the payment and returns it to our agency.
G. Examples Coding Argentina Direct Deposit
The customer provides us with a signup form for Argentina containing the Account Number: 1234567890123456.
1. Derive the RTN
The technician enters the information for the RTN.
Code the prefix of “660000042” (the multi-country prefix for Argentina),
Code the type of account as a “C” for checking or an “S” for savings. If there is no indicated account type, use a “C” for checking.
2. Derive the DAN
To derive the DAN, code as follows:
3. The technician must obtain the following
a. POS coding reflects this information
DIRECT DEPOSIT ROUTING TRANSIT NUMBER: 681234564
ACCOUNT TYPE (C/S): C
DEPOSITOR ACCOUNT NUMBER: R1234567890123456
CANCEL DIRECT DEPOSIT (Y):
DIRECT EXPRESS (Y):
b. MBR reflects this information
H. Argentina bank codes
Bank Codes for Argentina
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