Hello and and thank you for your question. For over 35 years, I have answered questions just like yours. And I look forward to assisting you.
You CAN apply now. And once you are approved, suspend your benefits which means that you will not get a check. Then, once you turn 70, restart your benefits so that you can get the maximum award.
Note, SSA will never give you a straight answer and their site is very confusing. And I am glad to came here.
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But it seems to me least complicated if I just wait 3 months until I am 70, do you not agree? I do not lose benefits by doing so, correct?
Sure. You can wait as that would save a trip to the SSA to suspend your benefits. Whatever works best for you. I just wanted you to have the most complete information so you can then decide.
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