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Benefits for Spouse of 60/30 Retiree

(Posted May 2, 2002)

Question 176: What are the benefits for the spouse of a 60/30 retiree?

Answer: A spouse can draw an annuity when he or she reaches 60. If the retired employee's 60/30 benefit began in 2002 or later, the spouse's benefit is not reduced for age. The spouse will receive 50% of the employee's Tier 1 benefit & 45% of the employee's Tier 2 benefit. The spouse's benefit is reduced for any Social Security benefits payable to the spouse.


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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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