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Asking the RRB for a Decision on Planned Post-Retirement Work
(Posted January 8, 2003)
Question 206: I plan to retire from the railroad early at 55. I want to preserve my "Current Connection" until I can receive Railroad Retirement. Therefore I plan to work as an "independent consultant" for an accident reconstruction firm on a monthly retainer and hourly fee basis. I can work for other clients too. Does this sound like "self employment" so I can retain my Current Connection?
Answer: You need to first reduce your proposed post-retirement work activities to writing. Then you should contact the nearest district office of the Railroad Retirement Board and submit the doumentation for a formal decision by the RRB before you start the work. They will review the documentation and advise you in writing of their decision.
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