At what point does social security stop being deducted?

Are you tired of seeing your hard-earned money disappear into the abyss that is social security? Well, fear not, my financially savvy friend! There is a light at the end of this tunnel. But first, let’s examine when social security stops being deducted from your paycheck.

The Basics of Social Security

Before we dive in, let’s get some background information out of the way. Social security is a government program designed to provide financial assistance to citizens who are retired or disabled, and/or to their surviving dependents. In addition to retirement benefits, it also offers disability insurance and survivor benefits.

The program was established in 1935 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of his New Deal policies aimed at reducing poverty during the Great Depression. From its inception until 1983, all working Americans paid into the system via payroll taxes (i.e., social security deductions).

When You Can Stop Paying Into Social Security

Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for: when can you stop paying those pesky social security taxes? Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), there isn’t a clear-cut answer.

Retirement Age

For most people, social security taxes stop once they reach full retirement age (which varies based on your birth year). However,you can actually retire before reaching full retirement age if certain conditions are met, but more on that later.

Once you hit full retirement age though,you no longer have to pay any additional social security taxes period! So hold off on booking that early bird special just yet – retiring earlier than full retirement age could mean less income in your golden years anyway.

Income Thresholds

If you plan on continuing to work after reaching full retirement age, know that there is still an income threshold beyond which additional social security taxes will be deducted. This income threshold (or earnings test) is based on your annual income and it changes every year.

For example, in 2021, if you are under full retirement age for the entire year and earn more than $18,960, social security benefits will be withheld at a rate of $1 for every $2 earned above this amount. However,once you reach full retirement age,$0.00 will be deducted from your paycheck due to earnings regardless of how much money you make!

Disability or Survivors Benefits

If you become disabled before reaching retirement age or one of your family members passes away and qualifies for survivors benefits,you may still have social security taxes taken out of your paycheck even though you aren’t fully retired yet.

What Happens to Your Social Security Taxes After Retirement?

So what happens once payments stop being deducted? They now go towards funding future retirees’ benefits and keeping the program’s trust fund afloat.

In case you didn’t know, there has been concern over whether or not there will even be enough money in the social security system by the time we retire to provide all Americans with adequate assistance checks throughout their twilight years.While that’s a discussion for another day,this recent PwC report highlighting structural issues within Social Security isn’t good news for anyone planning on living off those funds during their golden years!

How to Prepare For Retirement

Regardless of where we stand regarding long-term solvency solutions; ultimately- first step toward preparing decently post-retirement would begin from formulating some financial plans early-onest.So if they’re accessible/options available around:401(k) accounts , IRA accounts,Roth IRA and etc could eventually help bridge shortfall..but Keeping track right now (especially closer towards fuller-stages) tight accounting habits,and making sure medicare/medicaid part-B premiums are handled/taken-care-of without jeopardizing oneself financially.


In conclusion, social security taxes will stop being deducted from your paycheck once you reach full retirement age. However, there are income thresholds to be mindful of if you plan on continuing to work beyond full retirement age. So my advice? Start saving for that retirement beach house now (and don’t forget the sunscreen).