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Here’s the details: Upon initiating your benefits past full retirement age, Social Security agents can propose a provision that allows you to receive up to six months of retroactive benefits in one lump sum. While this offer sounds enticing, you should first consider its potential implications:
📌 Your following monthly benefits are permanently reduced.
📌 It could push you into a higher tax bracket.
📌 It could increase your Medicare Part B premium two years down the road due to higher income.
📌 The additional monthly income in lieu of the lump sum could help cover Medicare Part B premiums.
📌 Annual COLAs will be applied to a smaller base benefit amount.
You would think more money at the onset is a no-brainer; after all, it is your money. However, make sure you evaluate how all areas of your retirement and income strategy could be affected before making this decision.