It is probably everyone’s dream to retire early and spend their golden years bonding with their loved ones and themselves. However, given the rise of difficult times at this age, the possibility of this is slimming, and instead of relaxing, workers may find themselves still employed or worse, never retiring at all. However, if you apply for a par-time work during your retirement age, your social security benefits will be altered as well.

For starters, applying for this program is quite simple, a you only need 40 credits to qualify for privileges. Several years ago, this only equalled to a decade of full-time employment, but at present, these will depend on your income. There are some who may get them after only four months of work, while others may take longer. The calculation is basically based on your earnings, meaning the more you get, the more you will receive.

Usually, the settlement age is between 65 to 67. You can claim your benefits as early as 62 years, although the sum of money you will receive will be 30% less than if you waited until your full retirement period. You may also choose to boost this by delaying it until you're 70 because you will not get any credit for postponing payments by this time.

However, the catch here is if you apply for these privileges earlier, you should only have a salary of $16,920 annually during this year because going beyond the limit will subtract $1 for every $2 you earn. Meanwhile, if you reach your original settlement period and get $44,880 yearly, social security will deduct $1 for each $3 you get. You may also make as much money as you like beginning from the month you reach this point.

Now if you are wondering if the Social Security Administration can actually monitor your wages, they cannot. It is your responsibility to report it, and notify them if your income will go past the threshold, because not doing so will have you either fined, required to repay the excess, or receive lower benefits in the future.