Pandemic Relief Law Extended Rail Retirement Benefits

A U.S. Railroad Retirement Board member said this week that the American Rescue Plan Act extends railroader benefits that had been created by the federal COVID-19 relief legislation passed in 2020.

ARPA included an extension of recovery benefits, unemployment benefits and a waiver of a waiting period for unemployment and sickness benefits, RRB member John Bragg said in a message to rail labor.

The act stipulates that up to $10,200 in unemployment benefits may be exempt from income tax, under a measure administered by the Internal Revenue Service.

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