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Old 12-06-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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SS hourly work limit for early retirement question

I have twice written to SSA for an answer to what is a straightforward question and I have only received slightly related ""cut and pasted" material that does not provide an answer.

My question regards the limitation on hours worked for the self employed when collecting SS benefits early. What I read seems to say that 45 hours per month is the maximum allowed without forfeiting benefits for that month.

My question was - does this limitation apply to contractors that work for an hourly wage set by the company they contract with. In other words, does it apply to contractors who are essentially just "hourly employees without benefits."

Anyone in this situation? Or alternatively, any idea how to get an actual response from SSA? Should I visit an office?

Thanks for any info,

Ed
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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This article may help
How work affects Social Security retirement payments
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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Thanks - I've gone over most of SSA's site without a specific answer to this question.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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I've never heard of any limit on hours, the only limitations that I have seen are on earnings like in the link that Moemg provided.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:58 PM   #5
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The limits do exist - it was even asked when I filled out my online application.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:45 AM   #6
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SSA Handbook 1814 discusses an annual earnings report. SSA Handbook 1826 discusses how to determine the number of hours a retirement beneficiary works. SSA Handbook 1822 discusses another required report for expected earnings. Here is the reporting form for work hours while receiving benefits: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ssa-821.pdf.

I hope some of this helps you.
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