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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Amount of Widow Benefits

(Posted February 21, 2004)

Question 383: A railroad employee died with 30 years of service. What percentage of his annuity would his wife of over 50 years be entitled to?

Answer: She should receive the same amount as he was receiving when he died.
The 2001 amendments to the Railroad Retirement program increased the widow's Tier 2 benefit from 50% to 100% of the employee's Tier 2 benefit. (Tier 1 had been increased to 100% several years earlier.)


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