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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Occupational Disability Not Reduced For Age

(Posted April 9, 2003)

Question 239: If a rail worker has 19 years of rail service and is under 60, is the Tier 2 component of the occupational disability benefit reduced for age?

Answer: In order to receive an occupational annuity, a rail worker must have a "current connection" and either 20 years of service or be 60 with at least 10 years of service. Neither an occupational disability nor a total and permanent disabilty benefit is ever reduced for age.

In the example you cited, the rail worker would not qualify for an occupational disability benefit until 60, unless the worker acquired 20 years before then.


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