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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Disability Annuitant Wants To Return To Work

(Posted May 18, 2011)

Question 819: I have been totally and permanently disabled for three years now and am going crazy... I want to at least try to work under the trial period.

If it doesn't work out, I don't want to go through a long, drawn-out process to return to disabled status.

What do you suggest?

Answer: You have to be very careful in selecting your employer. Your Railroad Retirement annuity is not payable for any month in which you again work for a railroad. It would be reduced if you returned to work for your last non-railroad employer that you worked for before your Disability Annuity was granted.

There are special earnings limits for all other employment or self-employment. A Disability Annuity is withheld for any month in which your earnings are $780 a month or higher. If your earnings for that year are less than $9,750, any months withheld are then paid.

You must report any new employment, regardless of the amount you receive, immediately to the Railroad Retirement Board. They will investigate to determine if the work is compatible with your disability.

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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