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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Impact of Other Retirement Payments

(Posted August 7, 2010)

Question 764: Is my Railroad Retirement affected by Social Security? Do I get both my Federal (FERS) Pension and my Railroad Retirement?

Answer: Railroad Retirement Tier 1 is always reduced for Social Security benefits. If you are a rail worker, your Federal pension will not affect you annuity. If you are a spouse or survivor, your Railroad Retirement Tier 1 would be reduced by 2/3 of your monthly pension.


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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