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Finding SSA and quarterly wages using FCRL

This article helps you prepare to use the guidelines by looking up income information on the Federal Case Registry List (FCRL) using SSA and QW.

FCRL highlighted in upper left of the screen
  1. Obtain a blank OSIS screen by logging in and then pressing Pause/Break. Type in FCRL in the upper left of the screen and touch Enter
Select SSA highlighted in lower left of the screen
  1. On the FCRL Menu page is a list of information that can be selected. The selections are indicated by typing the type of information wanted next to “Select” at the bottom of the screen. We are interested in finding information on income. We can select SSA for social security information, and we can select QW for quarterly wage information, among other types of information. We’ll begin with SSA. SSA returns results from the Social Security Administration for individuals who have been paying into the system.Type SSA next to Select at the bottom left of the screen.
FCRL screen
  1. FCRL SSA displays, in descending order and is based on the date received, all responses returned by FCR for matches with the Social Security Administration external locate source as well as W2 information from employers.The amount of benefits paid is in whole dollars.The FCRL screen shows the date the information was reported, the source of the information, such as W2, the name of the person the report concerns, who or which employer reported the information, and Benefit/Wages refers to the amount of money reported.
Highlight of F2-Go to FCRL at the bottom right of the screen
  1. To return to the FCRL menu page press F2 from anywhere on the screen.
Select QW highlighted near the bottom left of the screen
  1. Select QW. After pressing F2 to return to the FCRL menu screen, we will see QW in the list of selections. QW refers to quarterly wages. Next to Select at the bottom left of the screen we will type in QW and press Enter.
Press <PF8> highlighted near the bottom left of the screen.
  1. The QW Report – FCRL QW displays in descending order based on the date received, all responses returned by FCR for matches in FCR’s QW database. Date Received refers to the most recent quarter and year wages were reported to QW using the month-month, day-day, year-year dating method.Reporting Quarter refers to the quarter the wages are earned. J through M means January – March which is the first quarter. April – June is identified as the second quarter and is seen as A through J; J through S refers to July through September and is the third quarter; Finally, October through December is identified as O through D which is the fourth quarter.FEIN is the Employer Identification NumberThe column “Employer Name” is the name of the employerWage Amount refers to the total amount of wages earned in the reporting quarter. There may be multiple years of quarters reported.  To see more pages of quarters, press PF8 which is located near the bottom left of the screen.

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