What Most People Get Wrong About Social Security

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[131] – When should you file for social security? Most people think they should start taking social security payments as soon as they retire, but that misconception can lead to losing hundreds of thousands of dollars over their lifetime!

In this episode, Jeremy Keil talks about the most common mistakes he sees people make with social security. He addresses what most people get wrong about social security – when you should file for it – and explains how you can avoid those mistakes and maximize your social security benefits over your lifetime.

Jeremy discusses:

  • The importance of longevity in determining when you should start taking Social Security
  • The biggest misunderstanding people have between their social security date and retirement date
  • The 3 things to keep in mind when determining your longevity and finding the best time to file for social security
  • Why couples need to consider their longevity together, not just as individuals
  • And more

When Should You File For Social Security?

Social Security is an important source of income for many Americans during their retirement years. However, deciding when to file for Social Security benefits can be a complicated decision that depends on several factors. In this post, we will explore some of the key considerations that can help you determine when to file for Social Security.

How To Determine Your Longevity

When deciding when to file for Social Security, one important factor is your health and expected longevity.

It’s important to consider the joint life expectancy rather than just the life expectancy of each individual spouse. The joint life expectancy is the average length of time that one or both spouses will live, and it’s important because Social Security benefits are designed to provide financial support for both spouses throughout their lifetimes.

Determining your longevity is easier than you may think! There are resources available like longevityillustrator.org to help you calculate your life expectancy and ssa.gov to get your own personalized Social Security estimate.

What’s Best For Your Financial Needs

Your financial needs are another important consideration when deciding when to file for Social Security benefits.

Many people make the mistake of deciding when to take their social security benefits based their political beliefs or how they feel about the government, and without running the math of their benefits or properly estimating their longevity. Instead, make sure you take the time to do the math and make your decision based on what’s best for your financial needs instead.

If you need income immediately to cover basic living expenses, you may want to file for benefits as soon as possible, even if it means a lower monthly benefit. However, if you have other sources of income or savings that can cover your expenses, waiting to file for benefits can help you maximize your monthly benefit.

The Different Considerations For Couples

If you are married, it’s also important to consider your spouse’s needs when deciding when to file for Social Security benefits. Make sure you include your spouse’s longevity estimate and social security estimates in your calculations instead of just your own because this decision affects both of you.

Spousal benefits can provide a significant boost to your overall social security income, so it’s important not to overlook them when considering your options.

If you file for benefits early, your spouse may be eligible for a reduced spousal benefit. Additionally, if your spouse passes away before you, you may be eligible to receive survivor benefits, which can be a substantial source of income during a difficult time.

It’s important to understand the decisions you make when married affect the widow down the road and are probably the most important decisions to make around Social Security.

Seek Professional Advice

Ultimately, the decision about when to file for Social Security will depend on your individual circumstances, and there may be factors that are unique to your situation. Consider seeking professional advice from a financial advisor or retirement planner to help you make an informed decision.

By keeping these tips and considerations in mind, you can make a more informed decision about when to file for Social Security, and ensure that you maximize your benefits and overall financial well-being in retirement.


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