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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

January 2012 Increase In Railroad Retirement Benefits!

(Posted December 27, 2012)

Question 846: Will there be a raise in the Social Security part of the Railroad Retirement benefit in January 2012 for retired employees and spouses?

Answer: I have great news for you: both Tiers of Railroad Retirement will receive an increase in January 2012.

Tier 1 will be increased by 3.6%, the same as Social Security.

Tier 2 will be increased by 1.2%, which is one-third the increase in Tier 1.


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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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