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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Rail Worker's Spouse

(Posted June 15, 2011)

Question 822: My husband is retired after more than 30 years of rail work. We've been married for 16 years. How much of his retirement benefit will I receive?

Answer: Your benefit can begin at age 60 providing he is also at least 60. (Because your husband has 30 years of rail service, your benefit will not be reduced for age.)

You will receive 50% of his Tier 1 and 45% of his Tier 2.

If you become entitled to Social Security, your Tier 1 will be reduced by the amount of those benefits.


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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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