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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Post-Retirement Earnings May Increase Annuity

(Posted September 24, 2012)

Question 906: I retired from the railroad with 40 years in 2008, when I was 61. I have been working for a non-railroad business since then. Will the Social Security taxes I have been paying ever increase my Railroad Retirement annuity?

Answer: It depends how much your yearly earnings are. Roughly up to 35 years of earnings are used to compute Tier 1. If any year of new earnings is higher than the years included in the 35 years, it replaces the lowest year and your Tier 1 benefit will be recalculated.


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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