Social Security Benefits

In retirement, up to 85% of your Social Security benefits may be taxed, depending on your income level. You may be affected if your modified adjusted gross income (AGI plus half of Social Security benefits plus tax-exempt income) exceeds $32,000 ($25,000 if you're single).

The age at which Americans may start collecting Social Security benefits is increasing. Full retirement age will increase gradually for those born after 1937 from age 65 to age 67. Early retirement at age 62 is still possible, but your monthly benefit will be reduced.

Taking benefits at age 62 may be tempting, even with the reduced benefit. However, if you choose to continue working to supplement your Social Security income, your benefits may be reduced further if you earn more than the maximum amount allowed. If you are under the full retirement age, receive Social Security benefits, and earn additional income, your benefits would be reduced by $1 for each $2 earned over $16,920 in 2017. If you reach full retirement age in 2017, your benefits will be reduced $1 for every $3 earned over $44,880 in months leading up to full retirement age. Upon reaching full retirement age, Social Security benefits are not reduced because of earnings.

The Social Security Administration offers online calculators to help you plan your retirement sources of income. For more information, visit their website at www.ssa.gov.