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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Older Spouse Must Wait For Rail Worker To Reach Age 62

(Posted February 21, 2012)

Question 852: I had over 11 years of railroad service and now I collect a RRB permanent disability annuity. I will not turn 62 for several more years but my wife who is older will turn 62 in April of this year. Must she wait until I turn 62 to file for her Spouse Annuity or instead can she file for one based on her age?

Answer: Your wife cannot receive a Spouse Annuity until you are 62.


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