Category Archives: Railroad Retirement

RRB Release – Self- service Options Available to RRB Customers

Members can request the following documents and get the following information online by visiting myRRB or by using the automated menus on the toll-free number (877-772-5772): • Letters verifying income and monthly benefits • Service and compensation statement • Replacement Medicare card • Duplicate tax statement (1099, 1099R) • General benefit information • RRB field

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RRB Release – Railroad Retiree Earnings Limits Increase in 2020

In a release from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB): Railroad retirement annuitants subject to earnings restrictions can earn more in 2020 without having their benefits reduced as a result of increases in earnings limits indexed to average national wage increases. Like social security benefits, some railroad retirement benefit payments are subject to deductions if an

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Rail Labor and Management Continue Calls For Increased Funding For Railroad Retirement Board

A joint letter was written to Congress from the Rail Labor Division (RLD) of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) of which TCU is a member and the Association of American Railroads (AAR), requesting full funding of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). The letter reads: On behalf of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and

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RRB Release – Medicare for Railroad Families

The Federal Medicare program provides hospital and medical insurance protection for railroad retirement annuitants and their families, just as it does for social security beneficiaries. Medicare has the following parts: Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for inpatient care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (following a hospital stay), some home health care services,

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NRRIT QUARTERLY UPDATE FOR THE PERIOD ENDING MARCH 31, 2019

The National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust (the “Trust”) issues a Quarterly Update to provide current information on the Trust’s operations and activities relating to its investment operations. This update reports on the Trust’s activities for the quarter ending March 31, 2019. Copies of the Trust’s Annual Management Report and each Quarterly Update are available on

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RRB Release – Comparison of Benefits Under Railroad Retirement and Social Security

Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher retirement taxes than those covered by the Social Security Act, so that railroad retirement benefits remain higher than social security benefits, especially for career employees who have 30 or more years of service. The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has released a questions and answers

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Litigation Update – Payment for Time Lost Due to an On-the-job Injury is Taxable “Compensation”

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its decision in BNSF v. Loos. In a 7-2 decision written by Justice Ginsburg, the Court found that a railroad’s payment to an employee as pay for time lost due to an on-the-job injury is taxable “compensation” under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA). Historically, these payments were always

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