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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Can Rail Worker Also Receive Social Security Spouse Benefit?

(Posted October 13, 2012)

Question 914: I'm receiving Railroad Retirement benefits after 40 years of service and my husband is receiving a portion of my Tier 1 and Tier 2. He is also receiving his full Social Security benefit. I've been told I should also be getting part of his Social Security benefit under Social Security. Is that true?

Answer: Yes, you can receive both a Retirement Annuity from Railroad Retirement and a spouse benefit from Social Security.

But your Tier 1 benefit would be reduced by your Social Security benefit. So the addition of Social Security might not increase your total monthly benefits.

Please see Q&A 909 of this column for more information.


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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