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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Does Spouse Qualify for Vested Dual Benefit?

(Posted October 28, 2014)

Question 1206: My spouse now collects her Railroad Retirement benefit. When she turns 62, can she collect Social Security with no reductions? I hired out before 1975.

Answer: Your wife's Tier 1 will be reduced for any Social Security Benefits that she receives.

She is not eligible for a Vested Dual Benefit. The Railroad Retirement Act was amended in the early '80s to eliminate vested dual benefits for Spouses and Widows.


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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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