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Social Security maybeyourlargestasset Social Security isimmenselycomplex Making the right choicescanmean Tens to hundreds of thousands of $$$
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We Use Maximize My Social Security (MMSS) • Co-ranked #1 SS tool by The Wall Street Journal • Developed by Boston University renown economist Laurence Kotlikoff • MMSS considers thousands of collection strategies • MMSS finds the strategy that maximize your lifetime benefits • We can compare MMSS’ top strategy with any other options
Laurence Kotlikoff, PhD • William Fairfield Warren Professor of Economics, Boston University • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences • One of our nation’s leading experts in personal financial planning • Social Security columnist for PBS NEWSHOUR • Writes for The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Forbes, PBS NEWSHOUR, Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Yahoo, . . .
Everyhouseholdisdifferent. But eachneeds Social Security advice– the best advice.
MMSS considersall types of households. • Married • Divorced • Widowed • Single • Partnered • With minor and/or disabled children
MMSS consider all major SSinsurance benefits • Retirement • Spouse’s • Divorced Spouse’s • Child In-Care Spouse’s • Widow(er)’s • Divorced Widow(er)’s • Child’s • Disabled Child’s • Surviving Child’s • Father’s and Mother’s
MMSS considers all Social Security provisions • Recomputation of benefits • Earnings Test • Family benefit maximum • Windfall Elimination Provision • Government Pension Offset • Restricted application • Deeming rules • Adjustment of reduction factor • RIB LIM • Alternate widow(er)’s benefit calculation
ThreeGeneral Rules to MaximizeYour SS • Be patient – wait to take higher benefits • Try to take all benefits you can • Time your benefit collection
Strategies to Follow the ThreeRules • Delay benefit collection • Collect one benefit early while letting another benefit grow • File and suspend to get lump sum option • File and suspend to activate spousal benefit for spouse • Suspend retirement benefit after FRA and restart at 70 • Start/stop/start retirement benefit to activate spousal benefit for spouse • Retire early to activate child and child-in-care spousal benefits • Take widow benefit before retirement benefit • Take retirement benefit before widow(er) benefit
Delay BenefitCollection • Retirement benefits at 70 are now 76% larger benefits than at 62 • Spousal benefit at 66 are now 43% larger than at 62 • Widow(er) benefit at 66 are now 40% larger than at 60
Collect One BenefitWhileOtherBenefitGrowsExamples • Take spousal benefit at FRA and retirement benefit at 70 • Take divorcee spousal benefit at FRA and retirement benefit at 70 • Take retirement benefit before FRA and then widow(er) benefit at or before FRA
File and Suspend Strategy • Higher earner files for retirement benefits at FRA & immediately suspends receipt of benefits till 70 to maximize benefits • Lower earning spouse claims fullspousal benefits on higher earner’s record • Lower earner accrues potentially significant increases to future retirement benefits • If higher earner is younger, it may be better for higher earner to collect spousal benefits
File and Suspend to Get Lump Sum Option • Even never married singles should file and suspend at FRA • Their retirement benefit will continue to grow • But they can request all suspended benefits in a lump sum if needed • But taking suspended benefit in lump sum forfeits Delayed Retirement Credits
Start/Stop/Start strategy • If you already started collecting retirement benefits before your FRA, it might be beneficial to suspend them at FRA so you can earn increases up to age 70 • The longer you can suspend after FRA, the more your benefit increases, recovering reductions due to early receipt • Early retirement at 62 = 75% of benefit at FRA • 8% increase per year of suspension after FRA, up to 32% • 132% * 75% = 99% of benefit at FRA
Suspend Retirement Benefitat/after FRA and Restart at 70 • If you regret taking your retirement benefit early, … • You can suspend it at/after FRA and restart at 70 at a 32% higher real value
File for Your Retirement Benefit to ActivateChildren’sChild-In-Care SpousalBenefits • You must file for retirement benefits to enable child’s benefits and child in care spousal benefits on your record • In some cases, it will be beneficial to claim early reduced retirement benefits in order to enable these benefits • Then, once you reach FRA, you suspend receipt of retirement benefits and begin recouping part of, and in some cases potentially nearly all, the early retirement reduction by continuing to suspend receipt up to age 70 • If you are already receiving retirement benefits we tell you if this strategy will result in increased lifetime benefits based on the data you provide
Take Retirement BenefitBeforeWidow(er) Benefit • It may be bestfor a widow(er) to take retirement benefit early and • Then take widow(er) benefit at or before FRA • If decease spouse took retirement benefit early, widow(er) benefit is subject to RIBLIM and may not grow after a given age before FRA • Widow(er)’s benefit is limited to the higher of 82.5% of deceased spouse’s full retirement benefit (PIA) or the amount deceased spouse was collecting at time of death. This is the RIBLIM formula. • Ifwidow(er)’s benefit is limited, it canbe advantageous to take reduced widow(er)’s benefit as many as 51 months before FRA
TakeWidow(er) BenefitBefore Retirement Benefit • It may be bestfor a widow(er) to take widow(er) benefit early • Take retirement benefit at 70 at its largest possible value
SomeBig Social Security’sGotchas • Take two benefits at once, you get, roughly speaking, just the largest • Before FRA, deeming can force you to take spousal & retirement benefits at once • Family benefit maximum limits auxiliary benefits • Allowable collection dates of spouses are interdependent • Taking retirement benefit early reduce widow(er) benefit • Only one spouse (but both exs) can get full spousal benefit