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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Important Reminder for Retirees Who Continue to Work After Retirement

(Posted November 11, 2014)

Question 1218: I'm writing to suggest you might tell railroad retirees to be sure to report any income from work to the RRB on a yearly basis.

I retired in 2008 on the 60/30 plan and notified RRB of my intention to work a part-time job before I reached full retirement age in 2012. RRB responded that I needed do nothing more and that they'd would be in touch with Social Security to verify my yearly earnings. Well, I got a bill from RRB last year stating I had earned over the limit for each year and sent me a bill to repay over $8,000. They even added a penalty of $1,600 for not reporting each year. So please advise folks to report each year.


This is very important information to avoid a significant overpayment. The Railroad Retirement Board's toll-free number is: (877) 772-5772.

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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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