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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

New 5 Year Vesting Requirement Applies To Rail Service After 1995

(Posted May 7, 2004)

Question 448: I worked for the railroad for 6 years and was told that when I retire, my Railroad Retirement credits would be turned over to Social Security. Is that still true?

Answer: Yes,unless you have at least 5 years (60 months) of railroad service after 1995. The vesting requirement was lowered from 120 months to 60 months several years ago, for those who have at least 60 months of railroad service after 1995.


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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