Key Retirement Planning Milestones:
A Timeline for Achievement

Every birthday is special—but these are particularly important for retirement planning.

Take advantage of these key milestones to help ramp up your retirement assets as you prepare for retirement or help make the most of your retirement income distributions while in retirement.

Last Chance to Accumulate

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A golden opportunity to start making catch-up contributions to your qualified employer-sponsored retirement plan (up to $6,500 more in 2020; $6,000 in 2019) or Individual Retirement Account (up to $1,000 more) annually. 

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Have your cake and eat it, too. If you're no longer working, you may be able to access money from a 401(k) plan without penalties.[1]

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Celebrate! You may be able to withdraw money from your 401(k) or traditional Individual Retirement Account without penalties.

Transitioning to Retirement

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If you need to, you can start claiming Social Security at 62. (But be careful—for many people, there are good reasons to delay. As it stands today, benefits will increase about 8% for every year you wait.)

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Happy Medicare day! Did you know you can actually sign up three months before your 65th birthday? Consider this and the potential impact it could have on your premiums.

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Congratulations—you've hit full Social Security retirement age! Of course, whether you keep working is up to you. (Born before 1959? You qualify at 66 and two months for every year after 1954 until 1960. Born in 1959? 66 and ten months. Born any later, and you have to wait for age 67.) 

Taking Income Distributions

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Last call for Social Security—if you haven't started getting benefits, it's time. At age 70, Social Security maxes out at 132% of the initial full benefit. 

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Happy birthday! You have until next April 1 to take your first Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA and employer-sponsored retirement plans, and until next December to take the second distribution.[2][3]

Approaching an important milestone? A PNC investment professional can help you prepare and stay on track with a
personalized retirement consultation.

 

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1. You will have to pay ordinary income on the amount withdrawn. Exceptions apply. See Tax Topic 558 for details.

2. Under the new SECURE Act legislation, if you were born on or after July 1, 1949, the age required to begin taking RMDs has changed from age 70½ to age 72 beginning in tax year 2020. Note, if you reached age 70½ in 2019, your 2019 RMD must be withdrawn no later than April 1, 2020. If you delayed taking your 2019 RMD until 2020, you will also be required to take your 2020 RMD by the end of 2020, and annually thereafter.

3. If you fail to take your RMD on time, a 50% tax penalty may be applied to the amount of any shortfall.

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