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5 Ways Going Back to Work Affects Your Retirement Income Strategy

Posted by Michael J. O'Connor | CWS®, Vice President Investments

April 6, 2016

Going-Back-to-Work_Affects_Retirement-Income.jpgRetirement sometimes means being busier than ever, and for some that’s because you have re-entered the workforce with a new passion or a new project (the income is nice too).

If you’ve returned to work or are thinking about it, it’s important to consider how your additional retirement income could affect other parts of your investment plan. Walk through these five questions with your financial advisor to see how you might be affected.

1) How Will the Income Affect My Social Security Retirement Benefits?

If you are already collecting Social Security retirement benefits, and you are below the normal retirement age (between 66 and 67 for those born after 1943), then your benefits will likely be reduced depending on how much income you are making. The law states that for every $2 you earn above the annual limit ($15,720 for 2016), you get $1 less of Social Security benefits. This is known as the “earnings test.”

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