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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

When A Public Pension Affects Railroad Retirement

(Posted January 29, 2003)

Question 212: I'm vested for Railroad Retirement. I'm disabled and I receive a teacher's pension from my state based on my disability. If I file for Railroad Retirement disability, will my teacher's pension effect the amount I will receive?

Answer: Normally a public pension has no effect on Railroad Retirement benefits. But the Social Security formula (which RRB uses to calculate Tier 1) provides for a special offset when a wage earner is receiving either Workman's Compensation or a public pension based on disability.

Your Tier 1 will be reduced for your teacher's pension until you reach age 65.


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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