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Will I Be Paid Social Security Retroactively If I Wait Past 70 To File? Skip to content

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What happens if you wait past age 70 to file for Social Security benefits? Are benefits paid retroactively?

En español | You don’t have to begin collecting Social Security by age 70, but your benefit will not increase if you delay claiming past your 70th birthday.

The Social Security Administration will be able to pay retroactive benefits covering up to six months prior to the month you file the application.

Published October 10, 2018

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