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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Supplemental Annuities

(Posted July 7, 2002)

Question 183: I've taken the new 60/30 benefit, but I have continued to work for my last nonrailroad employer and I've taken a substantial reduction in my benefits as a result. I have a "deemed current connection." Shouldn't I be receiving a Supplemental Annuity as well from Railroad Retirement?

Answer: You should be receiving a Supplemental Annuity, reduced from $43 to $21.50 because of your post retirement work, unless you are also receiving a higher supplemental private pension from a railroad.

If you are not receiving a pension, you should ask the Railroad Retirement Board to review you claim to see why they haven't paid you a Supplemental Annuity. Perhaps they didn't realize that you meet the current connection requirement.

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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