If you return to work before reaching your FRA, $1 in benefits will be withheld for every $2 you earn above the annual limit ($18,240 for 2020). For example, if you retire early and go back to work before your full retirement age and earn a salary of $30,000, you’ll be $11,760 over the annual limit.
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While qualified plan participants are generally required to begin taking distributions April 1 of the year following the year the plan participant turns 70 ½, the “still-working” exception delays the RBD to April 1 of the year following the year the employee retires.
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Tax-deferred retirement accounts are a great place to tuck away money for your later years. Your dollars can grow without having to pay Uncle Sam, and the power of compounding works to your advantage. But don’t forget that the tax man cometh, and the IRS will be looking for its share of your retirement pot once you turn 70 1/2.