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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefit Offsets Due to Employment of a Spouse After the Spouse's Benefit Begins

(Posted April 8, 2008)

Question 659: Is a retired spouse subject to the same benefit offsets that arise when working for a previous employer after retirement?

Answer: A spouse has the same offsets as a retired worker. A spouse cannot receive full Tier 2 benefits if he or she continues to work for the same nonrailroad employer after the spouse's benefit begins. The working spouse can lose up to 50% of their Tier 2 benefit.

The special restriction does not apply to a widow or widower, however.

Spouses and widow(er)s who have not reached their full retirement age are subject to the same regular work restrictions that apply to Social Security benefits.


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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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