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Spouse Works for School District and Will Retire at End of School Year But Will Receive Pay During Summer Vacation
(Posted January 26, 2014)
Question 1102: A husband retired from railroad work after 30+ years and did not break his connection. His wife works for a school district. She turns 60 in February 2014 and will start receiving her spouse annuity in April. She will retire from school at the end of the school year in May. School pay goes from September to August, so unless she can get all of her summer earnings paid to her by May, she will receive a check in June, July, and August, even though she has not physically worked for the school in those three months. How will that effect her spouse annuity? Also, she will be compensated for unused sick leave. Will this compensation be exempt from her annual earnings maximum of $15,480?
Answer: The fact that the wife is paid on a twelve month year can affect her Spouse Annuity. She should contact the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) and pose these questions about being paid over the summer and the effect of receiving a lump-sum payment for accrued sick leave after she retires. The RRB's toll-free number is: (847) 772-5772.
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