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A combination of record high prices and a record number of job vacancies has encouraged more retirees to return to work. The trend, called “no retirement,” rebounded this spring to pre-pandemic levels.
About two-thirds of retirees, or 68%, would consider returning to work, according to a recent CNBC All-America Workforce survey. The pandemic has prompted many people to speed up their retirement, with 62% of retirees saying they left the workforce earlier than planned, and 67% indicating they left at least two years ago.
Additionally, 42% of respondents to a survey by the Nationwide Retirement Institute said they plan to file for Social Security benefits early and continue to work, up from 36% in 2021.
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But if you’re already collecting Social Security retirement benefits, there are a few things you should know before you start earning your paycheck again.
Social Security recipients who return to work may earn more in the short term and can eventually increase their monthly benefit checks, according to Joe Elsaser, founder and president of Covisum, a company that provides Social Security claim programs.
But in the short term, they can undergo changes in benefits That’s worth planning for. “That’s the surprise people want to avoid, not knowing that earnings testing is going to happen and that they’re going to get a penalty,” Elsasser said.
Here are a few things you should know before you don’t want to worry.
Notify Social Security of your return to work
Elsasser advised if you plan to return to work, you should notify the Social Security Administration immediately. This way, the agency can start reducing the checks now.
If you don’t, you could be in for an unwelcome surprise early next year when the IRS reports your earnings to the Social Security Administration.
If this happens, you may receive an unexpected letter from the Social Security Administration informing you that it will suspend your benefit immediately until any penalty on earnings from the previous year have been offset.
This may disrupt your cash flow if you are not expecting it.
Earning penalty may temporarily reduce benefits
If you are over your full retirement age, there is no income penalty if you return to work.
“They can earn whatever they want and be able to collect Social Security checks,” Al-Saser said.
The full retirement age is generally 62 to 67, depending on your year of birth. The Social Security Administration’s Retirement Age Calculator can help you figure out the age at which you will reach eligibility for full benefits.
If you are between 62 and full retirement age and return to work after claiming benefits, you will be subject to the income fine, which consists of two levels.
Under the first level, you can earn up to $1,660 in free fine in 2022. For every $2 you earn above this limit, $1 in your Social Security benefits is reduced.
The second level applies to the year in which you reached your full retirement age. That year, for the months leading up to your full birthday of retirement age, $51,960 in earnings were forfeited as of 2022.
“In the calendar year you reach full retirement age, you already have a lot more flexibility to work and have an income, and the penalty is lower as well,” the master said.
Although the benefits on the income fine are reduced, those who return to work are still able to make more in the short term, as well as later when their benefits are increased.
Check your benefits may be greater later
If you are subject to a profit penalty, your allowance will be recalculated later and may mean a larger monthly check.
Take someone with a $2,000 Social Security check, go back to work and earn $40,000. Depending on the earnings penalty, they may not receive a Social Security check for the first five months of the year, according to Elsasser, but in the remaining months, they will receive the $2,000.
Once that worker reaches their full retirement age, the Social Security Administration counts the months they haven’t received their benefits checks due to the earnings penalty. Then, the worker’s benefits will be adjusted as if they had subsequently claimed to account for that time.
Eventually, their benefits increase as if they had a past due, Al-Saser said.
“This is the important thing to remember: It’s not a tax,” the master said of the dividend penalty. “The benefits are not lost, your benefits are recalculated when you reach your full retirement age.”