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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widow(er)'s Benefits As Early As 60

(Posted July 30, 2003)

Question 293: My husband passed away in 1991 at the age of 57. He had 40 years of rail service. I am going to be 62 and have not remarried. Will I be able to collect on his Railroad Retirement?

Answer: Good news! You already are eligible for a reduced widow's benefit. A widow can begin to receive reduced benefits as early as 60. You should contact the nearest RRB office and file for benefits unless you are working and already earning more than the "exempt amount."


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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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