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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widow Under Age 60

(Posted October 22, 2014)

Question 1199: My husband passed a year ago. He had worked for 41 years on the railroad. I was told that I do not qualify for any Railroad Retirement benefit until I'm age 60. Is that correct?

Answer: You cannot receive a Widow's Annuity until you are age 60, unless you are disabled from any type of employment in which case you can receive a Disabled Widow's Annuity at age 50.


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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