Big Birthdays After 50 – And Why They Matter

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So, you know how kids hit that age where they proudly declare they’re “eleven and a half” or some such? Well, guess what? Once you’re past the big 5-0, those half-birthday vibes start making a comeback. And here’s the twist – these birthdays and “half-birthdays” are not just about adding candles to your cake. Nope, they can seriously shake things up when it comes to your retirement game plan.

Age 50

Alright, let’s kick things off at the big 5-0. If you’re part of certain retirement plans, this is your cue to start making those annual catch-up contributions. Picture this: if you’re rocking a 401(k), 403(b), or 457 plan, you can throw in an extra $7,500 per year in 2024. Got a Simple IRA or Simple 401(k)? You’re looking at a cool $3,500 catch-up contribution. And don’t forget the traditional or Roth IRAs – you can stash away an extra grand annually. Sweet, right?

Age 59½

Now, we’re talking about the age where you can start dipping into your retirement plans without Uncle Sam slapping you with a 10% penalty. Say hello to withdrawals from your IRAs and employer-sponsored plans like the 401(k) and 403(b). Just a heads-up – traditional IRAs, 401(k)s, and the gang are taxed as ordinary income. But hey, no penalties? That’s a win.

Age 62 

So, 62 is the magic number to start cashing in on those Social Security retirement benefits. But hold up – if you’re still grinding away at work, your benefits take a hit. The deal is, they deduct a buck for every two you earn over the annual limit, which is $22,320 in 2024. It’s like Social Security’s way of saying, “We got you, but not all the way.”

Age 65

Hit 65, and guess what’s on the table? Medicare. The folks at Social Security suggest you get on it three months before the big day. Oh, and if you’re already soaking up those Social Security benefits, you’re in for automatic enrollment in Medicare Part A and Part B. No extra paperwork – sounds good to us!

Age 65 to 67

Now, here’s the scoop between 65 and 67. This is when you can start cashing in on the full 100% of your Social Security benefits. But here’s the kicker: the exact age depends on when you blew out your birthday candles. Born in ’55? Full benefits at 66 years and 2 months. Born in ’60 or later? Hold on tight till you hit 67.

Age 73

Fast forward to 73, and it’s time to start taking those required minimum distributions from your traditional IRA and other plans. And get this – you can still contribute to that traditional IRA past 70½, as long as you’re bringing in the bacon.

So, why does all this matter? Well, understanding these milestone birthdays is like having a secret map to navigate your retirement. It’s not just about celebrating another trip around the sun; it’s about making sure you’re on top of things and dodging those pesky penalties. Cheers to knowing when to blow out the candles and when to cash in on the perks! 🎉

As you embark on this next chapter, let RWM Financial Group be your co-pilot. When it comes to preserving your financial future, having a knowledgeable guide makes all the difference.

Contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax deductible in the contribution year, with current income tax due at withdrawal. Withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ may result in a 10% IRS penalty tax in addition to current income tax.

This material was created for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as ERISA, tax, legal or investment advice. If you are seeking investment advice specific to your needs, such advice services must be obtained on your own, separate from this educational material.