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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Dual Benefits for Workers

(Posted April 9, 2009)

Question 699: I will be retiring in 2013. I will have 17 years of railroad
employment and 19 years under Social Security. Which benefit will I receive and how is it determined?

Answer: You are vested under both Railroad Retirement and Social Security.

You can receive a reduced benefit from each system as early as 62.

Tier 1 of your Railroad Retirement benefit will be reduced by the amount of your Social Security benefit.

You will need to apply separately for each benefit, including proof of your 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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