Congratulations on your milestone birthday! Age 70 is Social Security’s maximum retirement age. Once you reach age 70, there’s no further advantage to delaying your Social Security retirement benefit claim. SageVest Wealth Management discusses maximum Social Security benefits here.
Maximum Social Security at Age 70
You can begin claiming Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62. You can elect to delay benefits beyond your Full Retirement Age in order to increase future monthly payments, or as late as age 70 to fully maximize your benefit potential. Beyond age 70, there’s no additional benefit accrual. Therefore, while you aren’t compelled to claim Social Security at age 70, not doing so will actually lose you money.
Contact your local Social Security office in advance of your 70th birthday. Planning ahead is especially important if you have a government pension and may be subject to a pension offset or windfall elimination provision.
If your 70th birthday already passed and you’re not yet collecting benefits, make a claim as soon as possible. Every month that passes is a month you’re missing out on receiving benefits. The Social Security Administration will pay up to six months of benefits retroactively.
Please contact us for more information about our retirement planning services, and deliberations on when to commence your Social Security benefits.
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