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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Current Connection Requirements Not Changed by Proposed Legislation

(Posted August 27, 2001)

Question 131: I plan to file for 60/30 at age 60 in January 2002. I have a "current connection" and a letter from the Railroad Retirement Board confirming it. Does the new legislation affect my status?

Answer: If H.R. 1140 passes the Senate and is signed by President Bush later this year (as expected), you will receive a full unreduced annuity at age 60. The legislation will not change your "current connection" status.

With a "current connection," you will be eligible for a "Supplemental Annuity" and your survivors may be eligible for Railroad Retirement benefits after your death.


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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