Will My Husband's 2019 Income Affect His Ability To Start Drawing Effective With December 2019?

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Aug 29 2019 - 9:43am

My husband will reach full retirement age in july 2020, He would like to start receiving benefits in january 2020 ( december 2019 ) So if his benefits actually start in december2019 how would his 2019 income effect that? What month should he apply for his benefits ? He will be working until march 2020 , so will his working income for 2020 be ok approximately 12,000 from january thru march 2020? Thank You for your help.

Hi,

In order for your husband to be paid his entire reduced benefit payment for December 2019, either a) his earnings for the calendar year of 2019 must be no more than $17,640, or b) his gross wages in the month of December must not exceed $1,470. If he's self-employed, the time he devotes to his trade or business in December could not exceed 45 hours (or 15 hours in certain professions) in December unless his net earnings for the calendar year are $17,640 or less.

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If your husband does decide to file effective with December 2019, he can apply any time between August 1st to December 31st of 2019.

Best, Jerry