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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Dual Benefits for Railroad Couples

(Posted November 25, 2006)

Question 612: My wife and I are both vested rail workers. My rail service began in 1975. Hers began in 1981. Can we each receive a spouse annuity in addition to our retirement annuity?

Answer: Rail couples are entitled to full dual retirement and spouse annutities if at least one of them began rail service before 1975.

If neither spouse began service until after 1974, they do not enjoy that right. Each spouse annuity is reduced by the amount of his or her own retirement annuity. The reduction applies to both Tier 1 and Tier 2 benefits.


Important notice:

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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