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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Service With Railway Express Agency (REA)

(Posted September 4, 2010)

Question 768: I know a good family friend who is in his late 80's. He worked for REA for more than 10 years a long time ago. How can he get his contributions to his pension plan?

Answer: REA employees were covered by Railroad Retirement. Your friend is likely receiving Railroad Retirement benefits which are based on his REA service and contributions.

If he also was covered by a private pension plan while he worked for REA, you should contact the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the federal agency that administers private pension plans when the sponsoring company is no longer in business. The PBGC's toll-free number is (800) 400-7274.

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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