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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Social Security Benefits Reduce Tier 1

(Posted March 16, 2014)

Question 1113: My sister is married to a railroad retiree. They both get a retirement benefit. She worked 25 yrs before she married him. Can she also collect the Social Security she earned without it being reduced?

Answer: It's her Tier 1 of her Spouse Annuity that will be reduced if your sister is awarded Social Security. Often there is no increase in the total monthly benefit. Many who are in this situation elect not to file for Social Security.


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