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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Spouse Entitled to Railroad Retirement Spouse Annuity and Social Security Disability Benefit

(Posted August 9, 2012)

Question 895: I am now collecting Railroad Retirement. My spouse is currently on Social Security disability. My wife will turn 60 next year. Will she be eligible for both or will she have to drop the disability when she starts collecting from the railroad at the age of 60?

Answer: Your wife will be able to collect both Railroad Retirement and Social Security, but the Tier 1 of her Railroad Retirement Spouse Annuity will be reduced by the amount of Social Security disability benefit. Also, the payment of her Social Security benefit will be shifted to the Railroad Retirement Board. Thereafter she will receive a single monthly combined payment.


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