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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Payment of Social Security Benefits by RRB

(Posted August 27, 1999)

Question 29: In your answer to Q&A-26, you mention that the Railroad Retirement Board pays Social Security Benefits. I'm somwhat confused by this statement. Can you explain this in more detail?

Answer: Since 1975, the RRB pays most Social Benefits for people who are eligible for seperate benefits from both programs. People still have to file with the Social Security Administration, and SSA determines how much they are entitled to receive. But rather than making direct payments, SSA tells the RRB, and then RRB will make those payments in addition to any Railraod Retirement benefits due.

The information is transmitted between the two agencies by the latest high speed communication technology and there is little,if any, delay.

The coordinated payment system allows the RRB to make a timely reduction in their benefits for what Social Security is paying, and it avoids any hardship to the individual in having to pay back a significant overpayment.

For your information, about 40 to 50 percent of Railroad Retirement beneficiaries are entitled to receive some type of Social Security, and the RRB currently pays several hundred thousand persons Social Security benefits in addition to their Railroad Retirement benefits.


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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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