When should you take Social Security early?
The conventional wisdom about when to draw Social Security seems to be simple: the later the better.
While you’re eligible to start drawing Social Security at age 62, your monthly benefit is reduced by 25 percent from what you would receive at your full retirement age (66 or 67, depending on when you were born). If you wait until age 70, you can expect your monthly Social Security benefit to be 76 percent more than if you start drawing at 62.
But not everyone can afford to wait, and there are some people who are better off drawing the moment they become eligible.
Here are four situations in which it may make sense to take Social Security early.
You can’t live without the money. For those who have no other source of income or not enough money to pay expenses, early Social Security may be necessary to put food on the table. “A lot of times it’s going to make sense for one of the spouses to collect a little bit earlier,” Lucey says. “There’s just a lot of cases where additional cash flow earlier in retirement makes a lot of sense.”
You don’t expect to live past age 80. According to the Social Security administration, a man turning 65 this year can expect to live to just over 84. For a woman, the expected age is 86 1/2. But people with terminal illnesses or serious health issues may know they won’t live that long, so taking Social Security early makes sense.
You can’t work but you aren’t eligible for disability benefits. Someone who had a physically demanding job may not be able to do that particular job anymore but isn’t considered disabled because he or she can do other kinds of work. For individuals who are otherwise in good health, seeking a new job at 62 may make sense. Others might be better off drawing Social Security.
You’re a widow or widower. Widows or widowers can draw from their former spouse’s benefits starting at age 60, and that does not affect their ability to draw their own benefits later. Divorced spouses or minor children may also be eligible for benefits.
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