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If you were to take social security retirement beginning next month, you could continue to work so long as you earned less than $15,720 in all of 2016. If you are under full retirement age for the entire year, social security will deduct $1 from your benefit payments for every $2 you earn above the annual limit. So you may not be able to qualify this year if you earn more than about $40,000 in 2016.
For 2017, if you were to collect social security retirement beginning in January, you could earn as much as $41,880 between January 1, 2107 and July 31, 2017 without any penalty for earning too much. After you reach 66, there is no limit on your income.
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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,