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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Older Spouse Receives Social Security Before Rail Worker Retires

(Posted April 16, 2014)

Question 1123: I'm the spouse of a currently employed railroad worker who is 58 years old. I filed for my early Social Security this year at 62 and was granted a little under $1,000 a month. But it is being paid by Railroad Retirement. Will I be eligible to file for a Railroad Retirement spousal benefit when my spouse retires?

Answer: It is correct for the Railroad Retirement Board to pay your Social Security Benefits. Yes, you will be able to receive a Spouse Annuity as soon as your husband reaches 62 and retires. At that time, you should apply for your Spouse Annuity with Railroad Retirement and furnish your birth certificate and marriage certificate.

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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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