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Is the Estimate of Widow's Benefits Reasonable?
(Posted March 9, 2011)
Question 803: My stepfather passed away recently. He was receiving a Railroad Retirement benefit of about $2,500 each month. My mother was receiving approximately $1,000 per month from Social Security. She has been told that she will receive $ 1,400.00 per month from Railroad Retirement as a widow. Does that sound correct?
Answer: Yes, it appears to be correct.
The gross Widow's Annuity before reduction for your mother's Social Security is almost identical to what your late father received. It then is reduced by your mother's Social Security benefit of $1,000.
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