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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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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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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