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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Can a Worker Receive "Deemed Srervice Months" When Laid Off?

(Posted July 5, 2005)

Question 551: I'm a current railroad employee with 26 years of credited service. I was laid off in the 1980's for a total of 6 years. I paid into Social Security during those 6 years. Can these credits be "deemed" or recovered in any way. What are the requirements or circumstances for "deemed" service credits?

Answer: Unfortunately, "deemed service credits" are not given in the situation you have described. They are designed for situations in which a worker has earned at or near the annual maximum (currently $90,000) but has not actually worked in each calendar month during that year.


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