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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Reduction in Spouse and Widow(er)s Benefits due to Government Pension

(Posted May 7, 2009)

Question 706: When will a widow's annuity not be adjusted, if she had a civil
service job for the county she lived in?

Answer: The law calls for a reduction in both Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefit payments when a spouse or widow(er) receives a government pension from employment by a federal, state, county or local government that was not covered by Social Security.

The reduction is equal to 2/3 of the monthly government pension. It is applied to your Tier 1 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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