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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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