Filing For Early Retirement Benefits

How Much Will My Benefit Rate Be Reduced If I Start Benefits At Age 64?

I turn 66 April 20 , 2019 , If I decide to start my Social security payments in April of 2017 what percentage of my FRA would I lose . I am projected to receive $1550 per month .

Hi,

If you start drawing your retirement benefits 24 months prior to full retirement age (FRA), your benefit rate will be reduced by 13.33%. You may want to consider running the maximization software available on this website before making any final decisions on when to apply for benefits.

Best, Jerry

When Should I Take My Retirement Benefit?

Hi Larry,

My husband's birthday is 5/1952 so he turned 62 before Jan.1, 2016. My birthday is 6/1954, so I did not turn 62 until after the Jan. 1, 2016 cutoff date. Our plan is for me to apply for my benefits, which will be much lower than my husband's, when I turn 66. At that time my husband will be 68 and he can collect half of my benefits, then when he turns 70 we switch. He will start collecting his own benefit and I will switch to half of his. Is this still legal under the new rules?

Thank you, Iona

Dear Iona,