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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Dual Benefits for Spouses

(Posted April 9, 2009)

Question 695: My spouse will be 66 years old in May 2009. Can she draw both Social Security and my Railroad Retirement?

Answer: Your wife can receive both benefits.

The Tier 1 of her Railroad Retirement Spouse benefit will be reduced by the amount of her Social Security benefit.


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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