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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Earliest Date When Spouse Can Receive Benefits

(Posted December 16, 2012)

Question 933: I am 47. When can I apply for a benefit based on my husband's eligibility for Railroad Retirement benefits?

Answer: If your husband has at least 30 years of rail service, you can receive a full spouse annuity at 60 if he is at least 60. Otherwise, you can receive an annuity at 62, but it will be a reduced amount.


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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