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Widow Receives State Pension on Employment Covered by Social Security
(Posted September 19, 2012)
Question 904: I am a surviving spouse of a railroad worker with 39 years of service. I retired in June 2012 from the Florida public school system, so I receive a Florida Retirement System pension. I paid into Social Security under this plan for over 25 years. I was 60 in May 2012 and applied for a Railroad Retirement pension. Will my Tier 1 benefit be reduced because of my FRS pension, even though I paid into Social Security but will not apply for it?
Answer: Since your public employment was covered by Social Security, there is no reduction in your Tier 1 for your State pension.
Please note the difference in the treatment of State pensions by Railroad Retirement between this question and the proceeding question (Q&A 903).
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