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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Can Railroad Retirement and Federal Civil Service Credits Be Combined?

(Posted June 30, 2004)

Question 472: I am a federal employee, age 54, with 25 years in the Civil Service Retirement System. I worked for a railroad for 56 months (from August 1972 through April 1977). Is there any way to combine my 56 months paid to federal Railroad Retirement with my creditable civil service?

Answer: Although both systems are administered by the federal government, railroad and civil service credits cannot be combined.

If you are not vested for Railroad Retirement when you retire or die, your Railroad Retirement credits will be transferred to Social Security and combined with any credits you might have under that system.

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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