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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Unpaid Work by Disabled Worker

(Posted January 14, 2009)

Question 681: I'm on total and permanent disability from Railroad Retirement. I help out in a family business but don't get paid for it. Do I have to report this to the Railroad Retirement Board?

Answer: You're really in a "gray" area. Although there are special earnings limits for disabled workers that would not apply in your situation, the RRB is also interested in any work activity you are doing.

So to be safe, you should report your family business work to the RRB. Your report should include the number of hours and days you work each week, a detailed description of your duties, and when the work first started. Although you do not get paid for your work, you should include any financial consideration you receive in return for your work.

The RRB will then review your claim and determine if the work activity is reconciled with your disability.

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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