Bill writes, “When it comes to the question of Social Security income, the choice looms large. Should you apply now to get earlier payments? Or wait for a few years to get larger checks?”
Throughout the article Bill takes a hypothetical baby boomer through six common scenarios:
1. Consider what you know (and don’t know)
2. When are you eligible to receive full benefits?
3. How much smaller will your check be if you apply at 62?
4. Remember the earnings limit
5. How does the SSA define “income”?
6. Some fine print worth noticing.
On how much smaller your check will be if you apply at 62, Bill writes, “The answer varies. As an example, let’s take someone born in 1952. For this baby boomer, the full retirement age is 66. If that baby boomer decides to retire in 2014 at 62, his/her monthly Social Security benefit will be reduced 25%. That boomer’s spouse would see a 30% reduction in monthly benefits.”
Should that boomer elect to work past full retirement age, his/her benefit checks will increase by 8% for every additional full year spent in the workforce. (To be precise, his/her benefits will increase by .67% for every month worked past full retirement age.) So it really may pay to work longer,” he continues.
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