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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Dual Benefits for Spouses of Rail Workers

(Posted July 26, 2009)

Question 713: My husband is retired from the railroad after 20 years and receives a Disability Annuity. I always have worked as a nurse so I have my own Social Security.

When I retire, do I have to choose between Social Security or a spouse Railroad Retirement benefit, or can I receive both?

Answer: You can receive both benefits, but the Tier 1 of your spouse benefit will be reduced by the amount of your Social Security benefit.


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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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