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When can I start collecting Social Security?

Assuming you qualify for Social Security, you can begin collecting "early retirement" payments at age 62. (Widows, widowers and disabled persons can sometimes collect sooner.)

But you will receive a much larger benefit if you can afford to delay until you reach "full retirement age" (somewhere between 65 and 67, depending on when you were born) or later - and working in retirement might allow you to do just that. For more, see What's the best age to start getting Social Security payouts?

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