Key retirement milestones
Being aware of key retirement ages can help you prepare for the future.
- Catch-up contribution age. You can make catch-up contributions to many retirement plans beginning in the year you turn 50.
- 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 left your employer in the year you turned 55 or later.
- IRA withdrawal age. You can begin taking withdrawals without penalty from IRAs and qualified retirement plans.
- Social Security benefits age. You can start taking reduced Social Security benefits.
- 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.
- 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.
- RMD age. You must begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from most retirement accounts.