Collecting Social Security upon your retirement comes with several rules and restrictions you should be aware of if you want to make the most of your benefit, and those change depending on the age at which you retire.
One of the most important things to know is the earnings limit, or the maximum amount you can earn to receive your full Social Security benefit if you withdraw before your full retirement age. After you pass the income limit, benefits are reduced according to the amount you make.
But things are a bit different in the first year of retirement, hence the policy known as the Social Security first year of retirement rule. Essentially, this rule is meant to modify the earnings limit to account for those who retire mid-year, but who have already surpassed the annual earnings limit.