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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Leaving the Railroad Before Retiring

(Posted October 18, 2003)

Question 320: If I quit a railroad position after 30 years but before I am old enough to retire, and I get another job and pay Social Security, will I be able to keep my Railroad Retirement benefits?

Answer: Yes, but if you lose your "Current Connection" you will not receive a Supplemental Annuity when you do retire.

Also, if you are married and your spouse survives you, Social Security (not Railroad Retirement) will pay survivor benefits. This means your spouse will lose the Tier 2 benefit, because Social Security only pays an amount equal to the Tier 1 benefit.


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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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