Considering working in retirement? That could be a wise decision. Supplemental income from a part-time or seasonal job could help you fund your expenses and support your desired lifestyle. A job could also help you fill your free time and maintain social connections. Perhaps you could even work in a field you love.

However, working in retirement also comes with some important considerations. For example, you may want to think about how the job will impact your schedule and your ability to enjoy retirement. As you get older, you may also consider how work affects your health.

There’s also the issue of Social Security. Nearly 90 percent of American retirees rely on Social Security for income. If you’re like most, Social Security will play an important role in your financial picture.

Does work impact your Social Security benefit? It depends on a number of factors, including your earnings and your age. Below are a few important guidelines to keep in mind as you plan your retirement strategy:


Work before full retirement age.

You can file for Social Security as early as age 62, though doing so could result in a substantial reduction in benefits. To get your full benefit, you need to wait until your full retirement age (FRA) to file. Most people reach their FRA between age 66 and 67. Despite the benefit reduction, almost half of all Social Security recipients choose to file for benefits at age 62.

If you choose to file early and work, your benefits could be reduced even more. If you receive benefits before your FRA, you can earn up to $17,040 without penalty. After you cross that threshold, your benefit is reduced by $1 for every $2 you earn. If you plan on continuing to work, think carefully about whether it makes sense to file for Social Security.3


Work in the year you reach your FRA.

Your FRA usually occurs on a certain month between your 66th and 67th birthdays. The actual month depends on your date of birth. You don’t technically reach your FRA until that month arrives.

However, Social Security does adjust the work reduction at the beginning of the year in which you will reach your FRA. In that year, you can earn as much as $45,360 without seeing a reduction. Keep in mind that those are your maximum earnings up to the month in which you reach your FRA. After you cross the threshold, your benefit is reduced by $1 for every $3 you earn.


Work after your FRA.

In the month you reach your FRA, you can start working with no benefit reduction and no earnings limit. You can earn as much as you want and still receive your full Social Security benefit. At this time, Social Security also recalculates your benefit amount and excludes any months in which your benefit was previously reduced because of earnings penalties.

Ready to plan your Social Security strategy? Let’s talk about it. Contact us today at First Fidelity Group. We can help you analyze your needs and develop a strategy. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.



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The material is not intended to be legal or tax advice. The insurance agent can provide information, but not advice related to social security benefits. Clients should seek guidance from the Social Security Administration regarding their particular situation. The insurance agent may be able to identify potential retirement income gaps and may introduce insurance products, such as an annuity, as a potential solution. Social Security benefit payout rates can and will change at the sole discretion of the Social Security Administration. For more information, please consult a local Social Security Administration office, or visit
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