Are you deciding whether to start drawing your social security retirement benefits early at age 62? Many people are opting to start early but remember you are getting a reduction of approximately 30 percent less. If you can wait, do not collect until you are fully vested at your full retirement age. Furthermore if you wait until age 70 you will receive approximately 128% of your benefit. You can do your own calculations to find the percent increase you would receive.
Many people are opting to start their retirement at age 62. It is important then to budget what you have so your savings, investments and retirement benefit will provide for your essential needs.
Before making this important decision take a few points into consideration:
- Retirees who are at least 65 years old qualify for Medicare while younger retirees will have to buy their own insurance on the private market. Private insurance is very high and can cost thousands of dollars extra a year.
- Retirees under the age of 66 are often not eligible for the state and federal level retirement tax benefits.
- If you are considering a move, research states that offer more for less. One thing to consider is moving to a state with no income tax. The seven that qualify are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.
- Certain states offer exceptions from paying tax on 401k and IRA. For example, Kentucky excludes all pension, annuities, 401k and other deferred compensation plans up to a certain annual limit. 2015’s limit was 41,110. Kentucky also offers beautiful green landscapes with a very reasonable cost of living.
- Research the cost of living for the state you are planning on retiring in. If retirement income is limited, you might want to consider one of the lower cost of living states.
California, Vermont, New York, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Oregon, New Jersey, Connecticut, Alaska
Lower cost of living states include:
Nebraska, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Indiana, Idaho, Mississippi