Earnings Test

Will Dividends And Interest From Stocks & Mutual Funds Negatively Impact My SS Benefits?

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I understand if I continue to work past 62 y/o, the employment income will negatively impact my monthly social security benefit. Will dividends and interest from stocks and mutual funds negatively impact my S.S. benefit? Also, should I delay 401K withdrawels as long as possible? Thanks! RLG

Hi RLG,

Can I Still Use The Annual Method If I File At Age 62 This Year?

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1- I am self-employed. If I retire at 62 in April of 2019 can I still use the Annual method for the cap on what I can earn in 2019? 2- For 2019 and on-going, If I use either the Annual or the monthly method of calculating my maximum earning over and above my SS do my job expenses lower my income? For example, if I drive for Uber does my cost of maintaining a Car the .58 cents per mile okay to deduct from my earnings?

Hi,

Will We Lose All Of Our Benefits If I Take A Temporary Job?

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I retired in Feb of 2019 at 62 year old. I have been earning $500 a month for Jan thru April from part-time work. I have the opportunity to take a temporary job for 4 to 5 months ( May to Sept) earning $4000 per month. I receive $1375 in monthly SS benefits and my children receive $1570 in monthly SS benefits. Will I loose all benefits for those months or will it be reduced by the $1 for $2 earned over the monthly limit.

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If I Claim Benefits Now, Will The Earnings Limit Apply Only To My Earnings For The Rest Of The Year?

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I turned 65 in april. 2019. If I claim my benefits now, will the earning limit be for the rest of the year, or will all of 2019 be counted. Also, by continuing to work, what can I expect my benefit amount of 1707 to become as I continue to work at an anticipated rate of about $30,000 per year until I am 70. So confusing.

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Does The Money I Earned Prior To The Month I Start Drawing Benefits Count Toward The Earnings Limit?

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I am 64 years old we just applied for restricted application ,the first check should start in May . I have made about $6000 this year and will continue to work some more does the the $6000 dollars I made already count towards $17,640 I can make or does $17,640 start in May. Thank you for your time Jm

Hi Jm,

If I File At Age 62 And Earn Under $17,000 Yearly, Will SS Deduct Any Benefits From Me?

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If I claim at 62, and continue to work part time earning under $17,000 yearly, will SS deduct any benefits from me? If so, how would that be implemented?

Hi,

Social Security won't withhold any of your benefits due to your earnings if you earn less than $17,640 this year. Before filing, though, you should strongly consider using our software to explore and compare your filing options in order to be sure you're choosing the best possible strategy for claiming your benefits.

Best, Jerry

Which Year Of My Earnings Will Social Security Use To Determine The Amount Of Benefits To Withhold?

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Hi Larry,
I have a simple question. My husband of 25 years died in 2017. I will be 60 in January of 2020 and plan on collecting survivor benefits. In 2018 I made $29,321. In 2019 I will make about $30,500. I am wondering if social security will use 2018, 2019, or even 2020 to figure out how much I earn above the $17,640 limit before they start taking out $1 for every $2 you earn.
Thanks for your answer, Wendy

Hi Wendy,

I'm sorry for your loss.

How Does Social Security Withhold Benefits If You Earn Too Much?

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I am 63 (birthdate 6/30) and self-employed. My income is extremely variable, because part of it is yearly fees that bunch up in January and July and the rest is unpredictable sales but in amounts between $700 to several thousand (if I have a good month). I'm thinking of starting benefits to help smooth out living expenses. Here are the particulars:

Proposed start date: March (almost over, though)
Estimated AGI: $29,000
Estimated benefit: $2,056/month