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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

401(k) Plans Are Not Part of Railroad Retirement

(Posted September 23, 2011)

Question 833: My husband passed away last December,after working for over 30 years on the railroad. Could you tell me if the railroad had a 401(k)? If there was a 401(k) and I could claim it, would it affect my Railroad Retirement annuity?

Answer: If your late husband's railroad had a 401(k) plan, it would have no connection to any Railroad Retirement benefits.

You should contact his railroad to find out more information.


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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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