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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Rail Worker Becomes Vested and Then Loses Rail Job

(Posted March 23, 2011)

Question 807: I started working for a railroad in 2005. By 2010, I had accumulated five years of rail service. I was terminated shortly afterward. How do I file a claim for my retirement benefits?

Answer: You will be eligible for Railroad Retirement at 62.

Unless you become disabled before then, you cannot receive any benefits until you reach age 62.

Three months before your 62nd birthday, you should contact the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board to file an application. Their toll-free phone number is: (877) 772-5772.


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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