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What Happens To Railroad Retirement Contributions When Worker Is Not Vested?
(Posted September 11, 2003)
Question 307: My mother paid into the Railroad Retirement fund when she worked for a railroad brotherhood in 1938 and 1939. Is anything due to her now?
Answer: Your mother would need at least 10 years of rail credits to be vested for benefits.
When a rail worker is not vested, the contributions and service credits are sent to Social Security, where they are combined with any Social Security credits the worker has, for the purpose of determining the worker's Social Security benefits.
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