Key retirement milestones

Important ages to consider

Follow these general age milestones to stay on track with your retirement planning.


Eligible for catch-up; additional $6,000 for 401(k) and 457(b) contributions or $1,000 for IRA


Eligible to take assets from an employer's plan without 10% early withdrawal tax (the 10% early withdrawal tax may not apply to all plans), though regular income taxes apply


Earliest age to start taking Social Security (with a reduced payout)


Depending on date of birth and full retirement age, you might be eligible for full Social Security benefits as well as Medicare benefits


Latest date to start receiving Social Security (with the highest payout)


When you start taking mandatory withdrawals, called required minimum distributions, from a 457(b), 401(k) or an individual retirement account (IRA).

You may also be eligible to make catch-up contributions in certain instances. Find out more about catch-up contributions.

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