10 Ways to Boost Your Social Security Checks

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If you collect Social Security before your full retirement age and earn more than $14,160 (or $37,680 the year you reach your full retirement age) in 2011, a portion or all of your benefit may be temporarily withheld. There is no penalty for working after your full retirement age.

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