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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Rail Worker Has Career Divided Between Social Security-Covered Employment and Railroad Retirement-Covered Employment

(Posted February 3, 2013)

Question 965: I paid into Social Security for 30 years while at another job. Recently I started working for a railroad and now pay into their pension fund. When I retire, can I get both benefits?

Answer: If you work in the rail industry for at least 60 months, your will be vested for Railroad Retirement. When you retire, you can receive both benefits, but the Tier 1 part of your Railroad Retirement benefit would be reduced by the amount of your Social Security benefit.


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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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