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Trap No. 6: Limits on benefits while working
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Trap No. 6: Limits on benefits while working

You are allowed to collect Social Security and earn wages from your employer. However, if your wages exceed $15,720 in 2015, your Social Security benefits will be reduced by $1 for every $2 you earn above that level.

During the year in which you reach full retirement age -- which ranges from age 65 to 67, depending on your birth year -- you can earn up to $41,880 before $1 of your Social Security benefits will be deducted for every $3 you earn above that threshold. However, the money isn't lost forever. You will be entitled to a credit, so your benefits will increase beginning the month you reach full retirement age.

At full retirement age, no income restrictions apply. "There is no penalty for additional income earned," says Gaito.

If you plan on working beyond age 62 and anticipate earning more than $15,720 per year, strongly consider putting off Social Security benefits.

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