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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Younger Spouse of Rail Worker

(Posted December16, 2013)

Question 1084: I will begin my Social Security benefit at 62 in March 2014. My spouse will not retire from the railroad until March 2018, when she will be 62 with 320 months of rail service. Will I be able to apply for Railroad Retirement at that time?

Answer: You can apply for a Spouse Annuity as early as January 2018.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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