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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Doesn't Widow Get What the Worker Was Getting at Tine of Death?

(Posted March 24, 2011)

Question 809: Regarding question 803, could you expand? I thought changes to Railroad Retirement around 2001 give the spouse of a deceased rail worker the same amount that the worker was receiving.

Answer: Your are correct but the guaranty to widows is really the gross annuity rate before reduction for age or for Social Security benefits.

In the situation described in Question # 803, the widow was entitled to a $1,000 Social Security benefit which has to be deducted from the gross widow's annuity rate, which was about the same as the rail worker received before his death.


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