When Is Your SSA Retirement Age

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What is the SSSA retirement age? There are actually two different ways to look at it. The first way is based on projected life expectancy. If you are projected to live longer than the retirement age, you are retired for good. If you are not, you have to start receiving Social Security retirement benefits. The other method of looking at it is based on current life expectancy.

If you are currently younger than the full retirement age, then you do not want to wait until you get to the full retirement age. You may not receive all your retirement benefits at once.

Know About High Risk Individual

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If you are younger than the full retirement age and you have not started receiving benefits, then you may be considered a high risk individual. This means that you may have to go through a security check, waiting period, and more. This is something that you do not want to have to deal with if you are going to rely on Social Security for your income.

How Long Do You Have To Wait Before You Start Receiving Benefits?

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Usually, after you turn 65, you are qualified for retirement benefits. However, it does depend on a few things. First, how long have you been working and what kind of benefits you have been receiving? Second, what age are you? And third, do you have any dependents?

If you are working and have not received security check and are younger than the retirement age, then you will not start to receive benefits until you hit the age of 70. Otherwise, you must wait until you turn in one or more annuities. For those that have dependents, the waiting period can extend even further. Talk to an adviser to find out exactly how these numbers will work for you.

Continue To Pay Into Your Social Security

Once you reach the retirement age, it is important to continue paying into your Social Security benefits each month. After all, you will not receive any money once you retire. In fact, you may be limited by the lifetime cap on your benefits. Usually, the longer you live, the less your benefits from Social Security will be. However, this benefit can change for some people so always talk to an adviser.

As you move into higher tax brackets, the amount of benefits you receive also decreases. The retirement age is reached at 65 for most of us, but the rates for tax brackets start rising right away. This means that if you are a senior citizen and receive Social Security benefits, your benefits begin to decrease. There is a formula that determines the benefit level that continues to change annually based on your income and other considerations.

Summing Up

Some senior citizens choose not to retire until they are in their sixties or seventies. Others wait until they are in their eighties. Still others never decide when they are going to retire. With all the uncertainties of life, there is certainly a time to plan for retirement. The earlier you start planning, the more likely you will have a successful and fulfilling retirement.

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