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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Future Eligibility in 2013

(Posted September 15, 2004)

Question 516: I worked for Rock Island for 1-1/2 years and then for the Santa Fe for 20 years, until June of 1993. Will I still be able to get Railroad Retirement when I retire? I have until 2013. I am now working at a job that's covered by Social Security.

Answer: Yes, under current law you will be entitled to a Railroad Retirement Annuity when you are 62 (on a reduced basis) or 66 (for a full, unreduced benefit). Because you also will be eligible for Social Security, your Tier 1 will be reduced by the amount of your Social Security.

This information is based on the law in effect in 2004. Because you will not be retiring for at least 11 years, you should stay abreast of any changes that might be made by the Congress in the future.

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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