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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

What Benefits Does a Surviving Disabled Child Receive?

(Posted July 20, 2014)

Question 1157: I am retired, 64 years old, and am collecting a Railroad Retirement benefit for my 35 years of service. My wife is deceased. I have a disabled daughter who is 24 years old; she has been disabled since birth. The RRB told me that, when I die, my daughter will receive a benefit. What will that benefit be? Would it be the amount my wife would have received had she had not died?

Answer: Upon your death, your adult disabled child will receive a Disabled Child's Annuity. It consists of 75% of your Tier 1 benefit and 15% of your Tier 2 benefit.

That amount is lower than your deceased wife would have received as a widow, because a widow receives 100% of your Tier 1 benefit and 50% of your Tier 2 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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