Should taxation, capital gains, RMDs, asset distribution order, post-retirement salaries, other income, and potential MAGI reductions affect your Social Security recommendation?

You bet. Total income affects how much of Social Security benefits are taxed. Asset distributions needed to pay expenses, and the nature of those assets, fluctuate. The percent of benefits taxed is seldom a fixed amount. It needs to be calculated annually.

At age 70½ RMDs are required from qualified plans and are taxable. They also affect the MAGI and could trigger increased taxation of Social Security benefits.

If Social Security is started prior to full retirement age, earned income could result in benefits being withheld until full retirement age. That affects income available for cash flow and should be considered when determining Social Security filing ages.

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Behind this simple graph...

Income is accumulated, asset appreciation calculated, Required Minimum Distributions calculated and withdrawn, expenses paid, assets used as needed, taxes calculated and paid, and Social Security benefits adjusted as required. For every year in the projection. And, for every possible Social Security filing age and method.

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Required Minimum Distributions are calculated, withdrawn from the qualified plans, and added to income.

Modified Adjusted Gross Income is calculated and the amount of Social Security subject to tax is calculated. As you can see, the percent of Social Security subject to tax fluctuates. It’s not safe to assume a fixed percent when thinking about Social Security taxation.

When there’s not enough income to pay expenses, withdrawals are made from assets and the withdrawals are taxed appropriately.

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You can answer the big questions:

  • Will I run out of money?
  • How can I get the most benefit from Social Security?
  • What else can I do?

You can answer more than "What’s the best way to take Social Security?"

How about working a year or two longer? Can you get a better rate of return? What if you spend a little less in retirement? Just tweak the sliders and see the result instantly (well almost instantly, there are a lot of calculations behind the scenes).

Optimal Social Security is the filing age combination and filing method producing the least shortfall or the most surplus. It’s not always the largest Social Security benefit if calculated alone.

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