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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Determining "Last Person Employer"

(Posted January 18, 2013)

Question 947: I am 62. If I work a week for an employer and file for retirement, would I be penalized for going to work part-time for my previous employer of 3 years? The last employer would be the one I only worked a week for.

Answer: In my opinion, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) probably would consider both employers as subject to "Last Person Employer" Tier 2 work deductions if you returned to work for either one.

The key fact is you still retained re-employment rights to your previous employer when you retired.

You should present the facts to the RRB and get an official opinion before you retire. Their toll-free number is (877) 772-5772.

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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