We require attorneys and EDPNAs who wish to seek direct payment on any claim to complete an initial registration by filling out and submitting Form SSA-1699. In order to seek direct payment on individual claims, they also must complete Section 5 of the revised Form SSA-1696 for each case.
A sole proprietor with an Employer Identification Number (EIN) should provide his or her EIN in Section 5 of the revised form. If a sole proprietor does not have an EIN, he or she should fill out their company’s information as it appears on their registration.
Whether we receive a fully completed SSA-1696 or just Section 5 with new or updated direct payment information, we must confirm the representative’s continued eligibility.
o Confirm that the attorney or EDPNA is registered in RASR and currently eligible for direct payment.
o If the attorney or EDPNA is requesting direct payment, enter his or her affiliation (e.g., EIN from Section 5 of the new SSA-1696 on the “Appoint a Representative” screens in RASR. If the representative waives the fee, choose the default “no affiliation” setting. (Attorneys and EDPNAs who are eligible for, but do not want, direct payment are not required to complete this section.)).
o Determine if there are any auxiliary beneficiaries (aux/auxes) and key in the information on the RASR APDP screen within the number holder’s pathway, to link each aux with the attorney or EDPNA. RASR will create separate appointments in the system.
NOTE: RASR verifies whether the aux has his or her own appointed representative. If the aux does not have his or her own representative, RASR creates an appointment for each one, links him or her with the primary claimant’s representative, and displays the following message for each entry: “no disclosure, no representation, payment only” to remind users that these appointments are opened only for the purpose of potential payment. RASR will not allow users to create an appointment for an aux who already has appointed his or her own representative.