TN 6 (04-12)

RS 00620.090 Dropout Recomputation

A. Processing a dropout recomputation

1. General information regarding drop-out recomputations

Quarters of coverage (QC’s) are an important part of the dropout recomputation as indicated:

  1. a. 

    Process a dropout recomputation when the number holder (NH) acquired six quarters of coverage after 06/1953.

  2. b. 

    QCs must be acquired as follows:

    • In life cases, no later than the application date

    • In death cases, no later than the quarter of death

  3. c. 

    Award a dropout recomputation only once. The NH may later qualify for a current year or a work recomputation.

2. Application filing

The claimant must file an application.

3. When retroactivity applies to an increase

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  1. a. 

    The increase may be retroactive up to:

    • 12 months before the month the application for the recomputation is filed; or

    • up to the month of entitlement for survivors benefits, if later.

  2. b. 

    Increases are not payable for a month earlier than the first month of the quarter in which the claimant earned the sixth QC after 06/1953.

B. Procedure for computing the dropout recomputation

1. Life case

Determine the primary insurance amount (PIA) as though the claimant is applying for retirement insurance benefits (RIB) on the filing date of the application for the recomputation.

2. Death case

Assume application for recomputation is the date of death.


  1. a. 

    If the number holder is entitled to a dropout recomputation after 1958, use the 1958 PIA or revised primary insurance benefit (PIB). Do not use the 1960 methods.

  2. b. 

    You may give a current year recomputation to include earnings in the year of filing when the NH meets the requirements in RS 00620.060 “Current Year Recomputation for Work requirements."

  3. c. 

    In death cases, the recomputation affects only monthly survivor benefits, not lump sum benefits.

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RS 00620.090 - Dropout Recomputation - 04/12/2012
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