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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Lump Sum Death Benefits Under Railroad Retirement

(Posted August 22, 2001)

Question 126: Does Railroad Retirement pay a lump sum death benefit like the $255 that Social Security pays?

Answer: Yes, but with two important variations.

First, a lump sum payment is only made if no one is eligible for monthly benefits for the month in which the rail worker dies.

Second, And, if the rail worker had 10 or more years of credits before 1975, the amount paid is usually much higher than $255.


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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