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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Do Sickness Benefits Count As Service Months Under Railroad Retirement?

(Posted September 19, 2006)

Question 597: I am on sick leave now. Do the months I'm drawing sickness benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance program count toward the Months of Service requirement?

Answer: Periods in which you receive sickness benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance system do not count as service months for Railroad Retirement purposes.

In certain circumstances, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement payroll taxes are deducted from your biweekly sickness payments. Sickness benefits are counted as Tier 1 compensation but not as service months. Such payments are not counted for Tier 2 purposes.


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