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Learn How Railroad Retirement Age Reductions Impact Spouses of Railroaders

Tier 1 Tier 2 Video Spouse Annuity Retirement Financial Planning

Welcome to another edition of the Highball Advisors Railroad Retirement whiteboard. I'm John McNamara of Highball Advisors, and today we're diving into spousal annuity age reductions. This is particularly important if your spouse is retired from the railroad, and you're considering retirement yourself.

Let's start with the basics. The spousal annuity is a fantastic benefit of railroad retirement, amounting to 50% of the railroader's tier one and 45% of their tier two benefits. But what about age reductions? These reductions are based on your full retirement age. For those born in 1957, full retirement age is 66 and six months. However, at 62, you'll face a 32.5% reduction, and for those born in 1960 or later, with a full retirement age of 67, it's a 35% reduction.

Let's visualize this. At full retirement age of 67, there's no reduction. But at 62, you're looking at a 35% reduction, 28% at 63, 21% at 64, 13.3% at 65, and 6.7% at 66. Those first three years are particularly challenging. For example, a $1,000 spousal annuity would be reduced to $650 at 62, a significant difference.

These reductions can have a big impact on your retirement planning. It's crucial to discuss these numbers with your spouse. Consider whether claiming at 62 makes sense, especially if your spouse plans to claim their own social security later.

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