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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

When Disability Work Restrictions End

(Posted March 21, 2001)

Question 90: My husband retired on disability at 47. He becomes 62 later this year (2001). He would like to work part-time. How much can he now earn without losing any of his Railroad Retirement annuity? Should he wait until 62 to start working?

Answer: A disabled worker continues to be subject to special disability work restrictions until he reaches the month in which he would be entitled to a full (not reduced for age) retirement benefit.

If you husband has 30 or more years of rail work, he would be eligible for a full retirement benefit at 62; with less than 30 years, he would not be eligible until he is 65 and two months (in 2003).

Until the month he becomes eligible for a full retirement benefit, he continues to be required to report any new work activity to the Railroad Retirement Board. The report should include the start date, a complete description of the job duties and the expected monthly and yearly earnings.

Important notice:

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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