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Social Security Q&A: Earliest age for SS retirement benefits?

Q: What is the earliest age that I can apply for my Social Security retirement benefits? A: To apply for Social Security retirement benefits, you must be at least 61 years and 9 months of age and want your benefits to start in the next 3 months. You can begin receiving retirement benefits as early as age 62, but if you take benefits before your full retirement age, your benefits will be reduced permanently. If you'd like to test the waters and get an idea of what your benefit amounts would be at different retirement ages, visit our Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator . If you're ready to apply for retirement, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline . ---- Q: Can I...

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