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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Information On Contibutions To Railroad Retirement Funds

(Posted January 23, 2006)

Question 567: How do I find out how much money I contributed to the Railroad Retirement Fund during my years of employment? Also, because I worked only 5 years with the railroad, how do I find out if these funds were transferred to Social Security?

Answer: You can find out the amount you contributed to Railroad Retirement by asking the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611. You will need to furnish your Social Security number.

Normally, railroad earnings are not transferred to Social Security until a worker applies for Social Security benefits. You said you have 5 years of rail service; amendments in 2001 reduced the vesting requirement to 5 years (60 months) for rail service performed after 1995.

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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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