I'm a single 66.5 year old, and I recently "retired" from my Information Technology career. I'm trying to hold out until age 70 to collect my Social Security benefit. According to my Social Security statement, I would collect $3232 per month if I start at age 70. I have now started working part-time doing something I love, but I'm only making about $1,000 per month.......which is a fraction my previous salary. Will these lower wages during the next 3.5 years adversely affect the Social Security benefit that I will start taking at age 70? Thank you.
No, provided that the benefit estimate shown on your Social Security statement does not include future year earnings that won't materialize. Your Social Security retirement benefit rate will be based on your highest 35 years of wage-indexed earnings (https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10070.pdf). So, if the estimate that you received is based on your actual earnings to date, you couldn't lower your benefit amount by working for lower wages.
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