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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Tier 2 Contribution Cannot Be Refunded

(Posted May 7, 2004)

Question 449: The railroad suddenly closed down my son's department. There was no severance pay or advance notice. Can he get any portion of the Tier 2 back to help pay house payments, etc.?

Answer: I'm very sorry to hear about your son's employment situation.
Unlike some private pension plans, Tier 2 contributions are a federal payroll tax collected by the Internal Revenue Service. They cannot be refunded unless an error was made.


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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