A presidential commission has recommended increasing the early retirement age for Social Security to 64 and the full retirement age to 69. Fortunately, the plan, if adopted, would be phased in slowly and wouldn’t be fully implemented until 2075.
Currently, most Americans can choose to start collecting benefits at full retirement age, which ranges from 65 to 67 depending on the year they were born, or to receive a reduced benefit as early as age 62. This is an important decision, so it’s a good idea to consider all the factors involved.
It’s About Monthly Income
If you claim benefits at age 62, the amount you receive each month would be about 70% of your full retirement benefit. Each month you wait to claim benefits after age 62, your monthly benefit increases slightly, so that at full retirement age you would be entitled to 100% of your full retirement benefit. For each month you wait to claim Social Security afterfull retirement age, your monthly benefit will continue to increase until you reach age 70, when you could be entitled to about 132% of your full benefit.
If you live an average life expectancy, you will collect the same amount in lifetime benefits regardless of