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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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).

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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