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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Filing an Application Before Becoming Eligible

(Posted November 8, 2003)

Question 329: I took early retirement from the railroad in 2000. When do I need to sign up with the RRB for my 60/30 annuity? I was 59 in October 2003.

Answer: The RRB will accept an application for annuity benefits up to three months (90 days) before benefits begin. In your case, you should file 90 days before you become 60 (some time in July 2004). You will need to submit an offical copy of your birth certificate to the RRB when you file for benefits.

To find the RRB District Office serving your area, click on the link to the RRB web site at the bottom of this column.

Important notice:

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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