Can I collect a railroad spousal benefit and does my own work affect that benefit?
Full question: I married July 1, 2022, to a railroad retiree, which retired in 2002 after 35 years, I turned 61, April 23, 2023. I currently work full-time been with company 7 years in October, can I collect of my spouses railroad retirement at age 61, and can I still work? Hello, It sounds like…Read More
Will my Social Security benefit impact my survivor Railroad Retirement annuity?
Full question: I am a surviving spouse receiving Railroad Retirement (RR) annuity. I plan on taking my own Social Security next year. Does the entire tier 1 go away? My total is more than tier 1. Thank you! Hi there, Thank you for your question about railroad survivor annuities and Social Security benefits. The tier…Read More
If I claim spousal benefits through my husband’s Railroad Benefits, will it make me claim my Social Security benefit too?
Full question: I am hoping you will be able to assist in answering a question related to spousal benefits that potentially may involve coordination between the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). I plan to take my full retirement benefits at age 67 through SSA. I am currently 62. I do…Read More
If I switch from Railroad spousal benefits to my own retirement benefit at 70, will I still receive delayed credits?
Full question: My wife retired from the railroad at 63. I am collecting a railroad spousal annuity at 65. When i switch at 70 to my own Social Security which is higher than my Railroad spousal annuity, do i get the delayed Social Security credits from 66 and 6 months to 70? Hello, Thank you…Read More
Can I collect my Social Security to make up the difference between my benefit and my survivor benefit?
Full question: My husband is in hospice. When he passes, I will be able to collect his railroad pension, but no longer mine. Can I collect my Social Security to make up for the lost? Hi there, I am sorry about your husband. Railroad retirement benefits and Social Security benefits are similar. There are a…Read More
My wife is eligible for Railroad Retirement and Social Security. What are her options?
Full question: My wife is getting Railroad Retirement and is receiving $1,423 a month. Her Social Security statement says that she is eligible for $2,309 a month under Social Security. Can you please tell us what her options are if any at all? Thank you. Hello, Railroad retirement benefits and Social Security claiming strategies can…Read More