Social Security – Full Retirement Age

Updated : Sep 05, 2019 in Articles

Social Security – Full Retirement Age


I’m gonna talk about Social Security’s full retirement age And if you’re getting ready to retire thinking about Social Security, this is a big piece that you need to understand. So stay tuned Okay, let’s talk about Full retirement age and this is a subject that a lot of us really haven’t given much thought to in the past But now coming into retirement thinking about Social Security We need to understand how it works and how its functions and how much benefit we’re gonna get from Social Security when we retire And it used to be a lot easier because it was pretty simple It was age 65 and that’s when you’re entitled to Social Security But it has changed and that age is getting incrementally higher as we go so we need to understand what our technical full retirement age is because that is what our benefit is based off of and then You have that decision of when to start your Social Security 60 to 65 70 it can make a big difference in how it all plays out and I’ll show it to you exactly how it works and try and Make it as simple as we can. Now a lot of this is coming right out of the Social Security guide Understanding the benefits and if you’d like to get a copy of this, I’m gonna show you how to download it Just stick with me to the end. You can get it right on my website download it to your computer You’ll have it with you from now going forward. So what we want to understand right now is full retirement age and what that means is full retirement age is when Social Security is going to give you 100% of your accrued benefit and Social Security So that’s obviously something we’d like to have as our our total and complete benefit from Social Security But they also give you options on whether to take it early or whether to take it later So you need to kind of understand that when we’re done with this I’m going to show you a calculator that I think is terrific and I’m making a video specifically on the calculator now to use it so that you can figure out Should you take it early? Should you take it later? Should you take it right when you become full retirement age now? Keep in mind if you continue to work and you’re making a reasonable income you probably don’t want to take Social Security before your full retirement age because there are some pretty significant penalties if you have reasonable income While you are before your full retirement age So let’s take a look at this chart and like I say it used to be pretty much 65 that was full retirement age, but it’s changed. So now we have kind of and I don’t know why they made it this specific because it’s kind of silly, but if you were born 1954 or earlier your full retirement age is now 66 So you will not receive 100% of your Social Security benefits until age 66 if you decide to not draw early and then it goes from there if you’re born in 1955 at 66 and two months 57 66 and six months. So why the couple a few months is gonna make that big of a difference? I don’t know but it’s just a way when they change things. They have to all agree And this is one way that they agree. It’s so 1960 or later full retirement age is now 67 so that’s where it caps out right now Now I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not going to change again down the road And so but right now the highest full retirement age is age 67 now you can still start your Social Security benefits at age 62 But that gap just got wider between full retirement age and 62 so we need to understand that and again, just some we’ll put the link to the Calculator video below because that’s something you can play with and you can see exactly What it would be if you do to create at 63 64 66 69 70 and kind of see where it all plays out and this is the kind of thing if you ask five people When you should take your Social Security you get five different answers Some of them think it’s absolute you should take 62 So I’m absolute at 65 67 Some say do not ever take it before age 70 and then the calculator is going to show that and I’ll explain it When we get there, so hopefully that’s going to help and this is kind of what the calculator looks like It’s the easiest one that I found to give you a pretty good idea on what your benefit would be Wherever you choose to take it, so I’ll show you how to play around with that when we get there And if you’d like a copy of that social security guide just go to my website Medicare on Oh calm and up in the left-hand corner You’ll see resource center, and I’ve got a lot of information obviously What I do is I help people with their Medicare choices across the country And I’d certainly appreciate it. If you’d let me help you with yours. That’s how I make my living There’s no cost to you to let me help you make sure we get it All right So that’s the Medicare is obviously a big deal and we don’t want to mess that up going in so when you’re approaching Medicare age 65 or retiring. Just give me a call. Send me an email and I’ll be happy to help you We’ll make sure we get you in the right place right from the start but if you go into the Resource Center It’s gonna drop down and you’ll see down the bottom guides and forms. Now if you go into my guides and form sections And I’m going to actually add a social security section in here. So you’ll see at the top of this I have different sections for different things So it makes you easy makes it easy for you to find stuff but right here down at the bottom. Is that guide? I was just talking about Social Security benefits. Just click on it It’ll download right out in your computer and you’ll have it for now and into the future So I hope you found this helpful and will tell you a little bit more about my website And again, I’d appreciate it If you allow me to help you with your Medicare and I can tell you we will make sure we get you in the best position For now and going forward. So take a look and I hope you found this helpful. I Hope you found this video helpful And I’m certainly always happy to help with any questions any issues that arise and they always do so Feel free to give me a call or send me an email You’ll certainly want to visit my website. 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3 Comments

  • My husbands full retirement age is 66. Does eligibility start at the first of the month in which you will turn 66 or on your actual 66th birthday?
    Thank you!

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