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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Spouse Benefits When Rail Worker Has Less Than 30 Years

(Posted February 24, 2003)

Question 218: My husband is getting a Disability Annuity from Railroad Retirement. He is 63 and has 26 years of rail credits. I'm almost 60. Can I receive Spouse benefits at 60?

Answer: You will not qualify for Spouse benefits until you're 62. That's the earliest age for a Spouse to receive benefits when the rail worker has less than 30 years of rail credits.


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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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