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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.
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