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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Wife or Husband Receiving Social Security

(Posted December 23, 2003)

Question 349: I am a retired rail road worker collecting Railroad Retirement. My wife also collects as a spouse. She worked many years, paying into Social Security. Can she also collect a social security check?

Answer: Your wife can receive both Railroad Retirement and Social Security benefits, but her Railroad Retirement will be reduced by her Social Security.

Because she already receives Railroad Retirement, Social Security will not send her a seperate benefit; her Social Security benefits will be sent to the RRB and will be included with her monthly Rairoad Retirement payment. This allows the RRB to reduce her benefits timely and avoids the hardship of her later having to repay any overpayments that otherwise might occur.

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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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