Railroad Retirement Board Benefits Subtraction


Minnesota does not tax benefits you receive from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) for unemployment, sick pay, or retirement. If any of these benefits were taxed on your federal return, you may subtract them from your Minnesota taxable income.

Do I qualify for this subtraction?

You qualify if your federal adjusted gross income includes Tier 1 or Tier 2 RRB benefits.

  • Tier 1 benefits are reported to you on Form RRB-1099, similar to the Social Security Administration’s SSA-1099. Tier 1 benefits are subject to federal tax under the Social Security benefit rules. Depending on your income level, however, these benefits may not be taxed on your federal return.
  • Tier 2 benefits are traditional pension benefits and are reported to you on Form RRB-1099-R. At least a portion of these benefits is taxable at the federal level under the federal pension and annuity rules.

Note: A pension you receive directly from a railroad company does not qualify for this subtraction.

How do I claim this subtraction?


For more information, see Income Tax Fact Sheet 6 - Seniors.

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