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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Vested Workers Will Receive Benefits At Retirement

(Posted February 24, 2007)

Question 620: I worked for the railroad from 1977 to 1997. Will I be able to receive retirement benefits?

Answer: Rail workers were vested in Railroad Retirement with 10 or more years of rail service at the time you worked for a railroad. (The requirement has since been reduced to five years.)

You will be entitled to monthly retirement benefits as early as 62. Railroad Retirement provides disability benefits for workers who become unable to work before reaching their full retirement age.


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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