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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Additional Questions Following Q&A 1155

(Posted July 13, 2014)

Question 1156: Thank you for answering my Question #1155. I have follow-up questions. Will they deduct my daughter's Social Security benefit and SSI benefit, or just her Social Security benefit? Would it be taken from my Tier 1 or Tier 2 or both in order to determine my Special Guaranty? Also, when I die, will my daughter be eligible for a Railroad Retirement benefit, or would she stay on Social Security?

Answer: Only the Disabled Child benefit under your deceased wife's Social Security benefit will be used in calculating the reduction. The Special Guaranty Rate essentially rides above Tier 1 and Tier 2.

At your death, your daughter will be eligible for a Disabled Child Annuity from Railroad Retirement. Her Social Security benefit will continue, but her Tier 1 will be reduced by the amount of her Social Security benefit.


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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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