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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Can Wife Draw Husband's Railroad Retirement?

(Posted November 29, 2007)

Question 644: My husband quit the railroad after 30 years. Can I draw his Railroad retirement?

Answer: If your husband is alive and receives Railroad Retirement, you can receive a Spouse Annuity as early as 60.

If your husband has died, you should contact the district office of the Railroad Retirement Board serving your area. They will determine if survivor benefits are to be paid by Railroad Retirement or by Social Security. Generally a widow's benefit can begin as early as 60.


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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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