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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Double Reduction In Tier 1

(Posted April 21, 2003)

Question 247: My wife will receive a pension from the state teachers' pension fund for work not covered by Social Security. She also will receive a small Social Security benefit from other work. Will her spouse's Tier 1 benefit be reduced for either or both of those benefits?

Answer: Yes, but not in the same way.

Her Tier 1 benefit will be reduced by 2/3 of her state teachers' pension payment. It will be reduced by the full amount of her Social Security benefits.


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