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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits Are Not Payable for the Month of Death

(Posted January 20, 2013)

Question 948: Will the Railroad Retirement Board take my benefits back for the month of my death?

Answer: Yes, an annuity ends with the month before the death of an annuitant. Payments made after that will be reclaimed from the financial institution. In the case of a Treasury check that is not returned uncashed, the Railroad Retirement Board will request the individual who cashed the check to refund the amount of the payment.


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