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Beware these ways you can lose Social Security benefits

MoneyWise Logo By Neve Gotshalk of MoneyWise | Slide 1 of 11: Social Security is a financial lifeline for older Americans, but the benefits can be modest even when you use strategies to get the largest amount you possibly can. Much depends on when you were born, when you retire, and many other factors. Though $2,861 a month is this year's max for someone leaving the workforce at normal retirement age, you could find yourself collecting far less. Watch out for these 10 ways the choices you make can lead to reduced or lost benefits.

Beware these ways you can lose Social Security benefits

Social Security is a financial lifeline for older Americans, but the benefits can be modest even when you use strategies to get the largest amount you possibly can.

Much depends on when you were born, when you retire, and many other factors. Though $2,861 a month is this year's max for someone leaving the workforce at normal retirement age, you could find yourself collecting far less.

Watch out for these 10 ways the choices you make can lead to reduced or lost benefits.

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