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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Will Self-Employment Earings Affect My Annuity?

(Posted June 9, 2014)

Question 1139: I am the wife of a retired railroad employee. I am currently a full-time self-employed court reporter. I want to start drawing my annuity on Jan 1, 2015. Can I still work as a part-time self-employed court reporter after my annuity starts? If so, how much can I make (net) before my annuity is offset?

Answer: Self-employment does not affect the amount of your annuity unless you have not reached your "full retirement age." In that case, your Tier 1 is subject to the Annual Earnings Limit.

The limit for 2015 will not be decided until October 2014. The new limit will be published in the newspapers and reported on radio and TV.

Important notice:

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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