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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Does California's Income Tax Apply to My Railroad Retirement Benefit?

(Posted March 13, 2013)

Question 988: Does California's income tax apply to my Railroad Retirement benefit?

Answer: Most of Tier 1 is treated like Social Security benefits, so it should be excluded from State income tax. The remainder of Tier 1, all of Tier 2, is treated like a private pension, so it should be fully taxable.


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