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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Wife Eligible For Her Own Social Security

(Posted February 11, 2002)

Question 159: My wife will qualify for Social Security benefits on her own earnings. It will probably be higher than her share of my Railroad Retirement. Will my payment be higher if she chooses not to file for Railroad Retirement?

Answer: I have good news for you. Even if her own Social Security exceeds the amount of her Spouse's Railroad Retirement, she will still receive a Tier 2 Spouse benefit. The Tier 2 amount is never reduced for Social Security.


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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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