Program Operations Manual System (POMS)
TN 21 (02-21)
RM 03803.024 Determining the Handling of Incomplete Cases
A. An incomplete case is handled as an earnings discrepancy (ED) when one or more
of the following conditions exists:
The file shows reports received not processed because the statute of limitations expired
when the reports were received, or an adverse coverage decision was made.
The file contains a previous determination where the findings do not in agree with
the present allegation.
Employment is with a State or local government or any political subdivision, or instrumentality
The discrepancy involves one or more of the following coverage issues:
Domestic service including allegations of employment in a private home, local college
club, or local chapter of a fraternity or sorority where the alleged employment occurred
prior to 1955, or, cash pay resulting in less than a quarter of coverage.
Family employment that includes all allegations of employment by a spouse, and employment
performed as a child under age 21 for their father and/or mother.
Agricultural employment for periods before 1951 that includes care and management
of livestock, bees, poultry, fur-bearing animals and wildlife, and work in the fields,
greenhouses, hatcheries, ranches, orchards, etc., and work in connection with maintenance
of equipment on a farm and salvaging timber and debris left by a hurricane, work in
cotton gins, and turpentine and crude gum.
Employment where any part occurred outside of the United States (i.e. the States,
Alaska, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia) prior to 1951. After 1950, the United
States also included the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. After 1960, the United States
also included Guam and American Samoa.
Employment with the United States Government or instrumentality including Army officers'
messes, officers' clubs, and Army post exchanges, etc.
Employment with a foreign government or instrumentality or employment with an international
Employment with a non-profit, religious, charitable or educational organization prior
including churches, labor organizations, political organizations, and organizations,
e.g. the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Goodwill Industry, Salvation Army, YMCA,YWCA,
YMHA, YWHA, etc.
Employment at a school or hospital as a student, a student nurse, or a hospital intern.
Employment or self-employment as a minister, missionary, or member of a religious
order prior to 1968.
Employment as a school bus driver.
Employment with a communist organization.
B. Handle all other incomplete cases as follows:
If a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, or a wage and tax statement issued in lieu
of a W-2 is in file covering all discrepant periods, handle per RM 03803.051.
If one or more discrepant periods are not covered by a W-2, handle per applicable
instructions in RM 03803.053 or RM 03803.055.