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Social Security Timelines

Timing is everything with Social Security
 
50 Years
Catch-up Contributions

Higher contribution limits called “catch-up” contributions may be made to IRAs and qualified retirement plans.

55
Qualified plan withdrawals HSA catch-up contributions
If retiring in or after the year you turn 55, penalty-free distributions may be taken from certain qualified employer plans. Higher contribution limits called "catch-up" contributions may be made to HSAs.
59 1/2
IRA Withdrawals Most 401(k) Rollovers

Penalty-free distributions may be taken from most retirement accounts. Many employers allow rollovers from retirement plans to individual retirement accounts.

60
Survivor social security benefts

Application may be made for early Social Security benefits by widows or widowers claiming benefits under spouse’s earnings record.

62
Personal & Spousal Social Security Benefits

Application may be made for early Social Security benefits under your own earnings record; the amount will be reduced.

65
Medicare Eligibility

Application may be made for Medicare benefits. Medicare enrollment required unless covered by a group plan.

66-67
Full Retirement Age

You may elect unreduced Social Security benefits at your full retirement age (FRA). FRA may be 66, 67, or any two-month interval between 66 and 67 depending on your birth year.

70
Maximum Social Security benefits

Waiting until 70 to elect Social Security provides the maximum benefit including delayed credits for waiting.

70 1/2
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)

Erase IRA withdrawals from your taxable income by using a QCD to accomplish your charitable giving. A QCD is a direct distribution from your IRA to a charity.

72
Minimum Required Distributions (RMD)

Must start withdrawing an IRS specified amount from most of your retirement accounts. The mandated withdrawal is an RMD.

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