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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

No Reduction Required for Federal Civil Service Retirement

(Posted April 8, 1998)

Question 11: I am "vested" for both Railroad Retirement and Federal Civil Service Retirement Benefits. Can I receive both or will Railroad Retirement be reduced? Seth E. Alexandra, VA

Answer: If both benefits are based on your own earings,there will be no reduction in either benefit. You will receive the full amount of both. The only coordination will be in the collection of Medicare Premiums when you become 65. Your monthly Premium for Part B will be collected by the Raiload Retirement Board. If your Railroad Retirement is based on someone elses earnings, there would be a redcuction in those benefits under the "Public Pension Offset" provision. Robert S. Kaufman

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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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