There is an increasing chunk of Americans who see retirement not as a dead-end for their career but an opportunity to change courses in where and how they work.
In a study by TD Ameritrade, a majority of people aged 40 and up expect to continue working even after retirement.
About 86% of people in their 50s and 92% of people in their 40s believe so, too. Some see it in a positive note since they like the mental challenge and socialization involved in working. On the other hand, other people consider it as an “encore career” where they can change their carer path and start anew.
Money is also a big consideration for those who plan to work through retirement. According to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 84% of women who want to work throughout their retirement years are motivated by financial necessity.
Financial advisors suggest considering these factors when deciding whether to work past retirement age.
Delay Social Security Withdrawal
Starting to withdraw your social security benefits earlier than the full retirement age reduces the monthly payment. For those born in 1960 and beyond, the full retirement age is 67 years old.
If you plan on earning a salary while also receiving social security benefits, you should consider the fact that your security benefits will drop when it is done between age 62 and full retirement age.
For every $2 earned above the amount of $17,640, a dollar is deducted. This is also the same for every $3 earned above $46,920.
Check Your Provisional Income
Provisional income is used by the government to find out how much you have to pay on your Social Security benefits. You can determine it by looking into salaries, taxable and nontaxable dividends and interest , pensions, and 50% of your annual Social Security benefits.
For the calculation, professionals recommend seeking the help of a financial advisor. If a married couple jointly files and their provisional income is more than $44,000, then about 85% of their Social Security has a tax.
Look Into a Roth Conversion
Your provisional income will already include required minimum distributions (RMDs) from traditional IRA or 401(k) accounts upon reaching 72 years old. If your RMD will just force you to move into higher tax brackets and Medicare premiums, then advisors recommend converting some of those assets into a Roth IRA before turning 72.
Calculate Your Medicare
Your income also affects the amount of money you need to pay for specific parts of Medicare. Part B of the Medicare plan is based on your taxable income. Those earning more than $87,000 to $109,000 need to pay around $202.40 per month.
Make a Contingency Plan
Before anything else, be realistic if you can’t handle the physical and mental demands of working. According to a study, Americans prefer keeping their retirement options open.