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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Social Security Benefits Reduce Railroad Retirement Payments

(Posted March 26, 2011)

Question 811: Will my Railroad Retirement be reduced if I start drawing Social Security?

Answer: Yes, your Tier 1 will be reduced the the amount of any Social Security benefits that you receive.

Before filing an application with SSA, you should ask the Railroad Retirement Board if it is to your advantage to file at SSA. Often, the addition of Social Security does not increase the total monthly benefits you receive.


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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