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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Rail Worker At 60 With Working Wife

(Posted January 6, 2014)

Question 1095: I am going to retire from the railroad at age 60 with 41 years of service. My spouse will continue to work. will she be eligible for any benefit?

Answer: Your spouse will be eligible for a full Spouse Annuity when she's 60. If she continues to work after age 60, she will lose part of her Tier 1 if her earnings exceed the Annual Earnings Limit (currently $15,480). If she continues to work for the same employer, she also could lose up to 50% of her Tier 2.


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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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