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Key retirement savings milestones

Being aware of key retirement ages can help you prepare for the future.

50 years
  • Your retirement savings milestones begin when you reach catch-up contribution age. You can make catch-up contributions to many retirement plans beginning in the year you turn 50.
55 years
  • 403(b) and 401(k) withdrawal age. You can start taking penalty-free withdrawals from qualified retirement plans such as 401(k)s, 403(b)s and profit-sharing plans after you leave your employer in the year you turned 55 or later.
59 1/2 years
  • IRA withdrawal age. This is another key retirement age because you can begin taking withdrawals without penalty from IRAs and qualified retirement plans.
62 years
  • Social Security benefits age. You can start taking reduced Social Security benefits.
64 years 9 months
  • Medicare sign up age. You should sign up for Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) 3 months before your 65th birthday, whether or not you want to begin receiving retirement benefits.
66-67 years
  • Social Security benefits age. You can start taking full Social Security benefits depending on your birth year. Any delay in applying for Social Security benefits, up to age 70, can qualify you for increased retirement benefits.
73 or 75 years
  • Required minimum distribution (RMD) age.1 This is a key retirement age because you must begin taking RMDs from most retirement accounts. Your exact RMD age will depend on the year you are born: The RMD age is 73 for individuals who turn 72 after 2022. In 2033, the RMD age is set to increase to 75.1

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1On Dec. 29, 2022, new retirement legislation — known as SECURE Act 2.0 — was signed into law, increasing the RMD age from 72 to 73 beginning in 2023 for individuals who turn 72 after 2022. The law also mandates an automatic increase in the RMD age to 75, beginning in 2033. Please note: The new legislation assigned both age 73 and age 75 as the RMD age for those individuals born in 1959. Those born in 1959 will likely have an RMD age of 73, but this rule will need to be clarified in the future.


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