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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits For Husband Of Deceased Rail Worker

(Posted February 24, 2004)

Question 387: My late wife had coverage under Social Sercurity, but she was collecting her disability benefits from Railroad Retirement. When I reach my normal retirement age, will I collect anything extra, such as a widower's pension?

Answer: If you do not remarry, you will be eligible for a Widower's benefit from Railroad Retirement at age 60 on a reduced basis, or at the normal retirement age for your birth year on an unreduced basis.

The Tier 1 benefit will be reduced by the amount of your own Social Security benefit but the Tier 2 benefit will not be reduced for Social Security.

If you remarry before 60, you still might be eligible for a Remarried Widower's Benefit, but the entire benefit is reduced by your own Social Security.

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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