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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Spouse Benefits for Spouse Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

(Posted July 28, 2003)

Question 292: I have more than 30 years of railroad service. My wife is going on disability from Social Security. When I retire, will she collect Railroad Retirement also?

Answer: Yes, when she reaches 60, she will receive a spouse annuity. Her Tier 1 benefits will be reduced by her own Social Security 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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