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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

First Payment Date

(Posted August 17, 2009)

Question 721: If my retirement date is November 5th and my benefit starts December 1st, when will I receive my first check?

Answer: You should receive your first annuity payment on January 1. Railroad Retirement pays on the first day of the month. The payment covers the benefit for the previous month.


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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.

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