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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Do Benefits from the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Affect a Spouse Annuity?

(Posted April 1, 2013)

Question 997: My wife will have a Federal (FERS) pension from her Postal service. I will have a Railroad Retirement Annuity with 41 years of service. How will her Spouse Annuity be figured with her FERS pension?

Answer: Since Federal workers under FERS are covered by Social Security, a Spouse Annuities is not reduced for that pension.

But, if your wife receives Social Security, her Tier 1 will be reduced by the amount of that benefit.


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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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