Assignment of QCs is flexible. We can assign a QC to any quarter in the calendar year,
subject to the limitations in RS 00301.240. Assign a QC to a specific calendar quarter whenever necessary to meet:
a computation or recomputation of the number holders (NH) Primary Insurance Amount
EXAMPLE: Henry (date of birth 05/23/1948) filed for retirement insurance benefits (RIB) in
May 2010. His last posted QC was for the fourth quarter of 2009, and he did not work
in 2010. He lacked one QC for fully insured status, and we disallowed his claim. In
December 2010, he earned $1,500 and another QC. He returned to the field office to
report his additional earnings, and he provided a pay stub as proof of the earnings.
We will assign the QC to the first quarter of 2010, and award benefits based on the
disallowed application he filed in May 2010, since, by our assignment of the QC to
the first quarter of 2010, Henry meets fully insured status at the time of filing.
We determine QCs by the amount of earnings credited to a calendar year and assign
them to the quarters most advantageous to the NH.