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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Spouse Can Receive Both Social Security and Spouse Annuity from Railroad Retirement

(Posted January 11, 2016)

Question 1240: I am the spouse of a retired railroad employee. Can I receive both my earned Social Security benefit and Tier 2 benefit at the same time?

Answer:

You are correct. You can receive both your own Social Security Benefit and a Spouse Annuity from Railroad Retirement.  Your Tier 1 will be reduced for your Social Security but your Tier 2 won't.


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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