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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widow's Benefits After Death of Disabled Worker

(Posted November 8, 2006)

Question 610: I had 25 years of railroad service. I have been getting Railroad Retirement disability since October of 2001. I am 65 years old and get $2,000.00 a month now.

If I die before my wife does, how much will my wife receive? She is 61 years old and has worked under Social Security for 40 years.

Answer: A widow normally receives 100% of the rail worker's benefit. If she is less than her full retirement age, her widow's benefit would be reduced for age. Her Tier 1 benefit also would be reduced the amount of any Social Security benefits that she is receiving at that time.


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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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