TN 257 (02-24)

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. We store IDD bank data on the MBR in the same fields used for U.S. direct deposit.

Special coding identifies the bank data as an Argentinian direct deposit. This allows us to route benefit payments through the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) and the processor bank in Argentina to the beneficiary's local 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), Division of International Operations (DIO) to process.

For detailed instructions on IDD requests and forwarding information, see

  • GN 02402.201 Background and Policy for Direct Deposit Outside the U.S.

  • GN 02402.205 Direct Deposit Enrollment Outside the U.S.

  • GN 01010.255 Adjudication of Foreign Claims

  • GN 01702.310C Routing of Claims for U.S. Benefits Involving Totalization

B. How we receive IDD bank data

We receive requests to input bank data by mail, phone, or fax in the following formats:

  • Blank check;

  • SSA-1199-OP96 (International Direct Deposit Signup Form for Argentina); or

  • Any document that contains required banking information.

If you receive information with discrepancies, see the following 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 Transit Number (RTN). The first letter of the Depositor Account Number (DAN) field has the letter “A” assigned to Argentina.

D. Overview of IDD for Argentina

IDD payments sent to Argentina must be in U.S. Dollar (USD) accounts at local FIs. The beneficiary must provide complete information to DIO or the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) for input. DIO faxes incomplete forms to the FBU that serves Argentina. The FBU contacts the beneficiary or FI for the additional information.

E. Description of Argentinian IDD bank data

The data to code 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.”

F. Procedure for coding Argentinian bank data

The FRBKC relies on us 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 our agency.

You may establish or change IDD bank data for Argentina using an SSA system (e.g. Modernized Claims System (MCS), Manual Adjustment Credit and Award Data Entry (MACADE)).

You must then go to to enter the following data:

  • first and last name of the beneficiary

  • payee indicator

  • enrollment status

  • country

  • account type

  • account ownership

  • 16-digit account number

  • Society for Worldwide Internet Financial Telecommunication-Business Identifier Code (SWIFT-BIC)

  • beneficiary address; (no P.O. box address allowed)

  • reclamation country

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

2. Process initial award

You must update with the bank account information prior to processing an initial award to ensure that the beneficiary receives payment. If the complete bank account information is not in when the payment processes, the payment rejects and returns to our agency.

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:

  • update on the same day;

  • enter all POS direct deposit changes according to normal procedures;

  • 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.


Is the beneficiary's account a USD account in Argentina? If no, STOP.

REASON: Beneficiaries in Argentina can only receive IDD payments in USD accounts.

If yes, go to step 4.


The RTN is 660000042 for Argentina. It contains the:

  • Multi-country code prefix of “66” for Argentina IDD;

  • U. S. check digit code of “2” at the end of the RTN for all IDD accounts in Argentina.

No need to obtain the check digit code from Title II Interactive Comps.


Code the account type 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:

  • “A” as designated for Argentina; and

  • 16-digit account number.


You must take action on the same business day to enter all the information into listed in the introduction of GN 02402.355F in this section.

You must access or ask a co-worker to update the required information into

REMINDER: When information is not available, FRBKC rejects the payment and returns it to our agency.

G. Example of coding Argentinian 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 RTN “660000042

  • 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

To technician codes the DAN.

  • Start with a country code of "A" designated for Argentina; and

  • Code the 16-digit account number “1234567890123456”

3. Obtain the following information:

  • RTN: 660000042

  • Checking

  • DAN: A1234567890123456

a. POS reflects the direct deposit information



  • DEPOSITOR ACCOUNT NUMBER: R1234567890123456



b. The MBR reflects the following information

  • RTN- 660000042

  • DAN- CA1234567890123456

H. References

  • GN 00203.020 Identity of Claimants

  • GN 01010.255 Adjudication of Foreign Claims

  • GN 01702.310C Routing of Claims for U.S. Benefits Involving Totalization

  • GN 02402.025 Direct Deposit Post Entitlement Interview

  • GN 02402.201 Background and Policy for Direct Deposit Outside the U.S.

  • GN 02402.205 Direct Deposit Enrollment Outside the U.S.

  • International Treasury Services (U.S. Treasury system)


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Batch run: 02/07/2024