When To Start Taking Social Security Benefits

Josh MellbergOne of the biggest decisions you will make in retirement is when to begin receiving your Social Security benefits. These payments last throughout your entire life, and the amount you receive depends on several factors, including when you start taking them. The longer you wait for your first payment, the larger the monthly benefit will be, which is why many seniors put off receiving these benefits for a number of years. Here are a few things to consider to help you decide when to start receiving payments:

Finances And Life Expectancy

Of course, when you decide to take Social Security benefits will mostly depend on your financial situation. For example, if you are in need of another source of income and retire early, you may want to request your money as early as you can. However, if you decide to remain in the workforce longer, you could put off receiving these benefits until you do retire or need additional retirement income. Waiting can pay off, especially if you are still working and don't need the benefits.

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Another way to figure out when you should start taking Social Security benefits is by calculating your life expectancy. For instance, if you are in good health and anticipate a long life, waiting can give you more money when you need it most. Others may want to take these benefits as soon as they can. Nowadays, people are living longer than ever before, which means that income planning is more important so seniors don't outlive their money. There is no concern for these payments to stop during retirement, as they last for life, but it does also mean that seniors who plan on having a long retirement may need to think carefully about when to start these benefits.

Retirement Income Planning

Americans become eligible for Social Security benefits at age 62, though you can decide to delay taking the benefits until you are 70 years old. Age 65-67 has typically been a retirement target age for many people. However, you may decide to retire sooner or later than this age, depending on your financial and personal goals for your retirement.

If you have another income strategy, such as an annuity*, you may want to start your Social Security benefits sooner or later depending on when your annuity payments start.

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*Annuity guarantees rely on the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company and are not guaranteed by any bank or the FDIC.

**Some annuities may have a lifetime income guarantee as part of the base policy; others may have riders available that provide this benefit. Riders may also be available for benefits like an annual increase to help combat inflation or for as much as doubling your income in case of a qualifying health event. These annuities are not long-term care and are not substitute for such coverage. Optional riders may be available with a charge.

This article is meant to provide general information on issues that many people consider in making the decision as to whether or not they should buy annuities; and if they do decide to buy, which types of annuities and which annuity benefits and additional riders will best suit their goals and needs. This information is not designed to be a recommendation to buy any specific financial product or service.

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