02/18/2014 10:54 am ET

Turning 50 Or Older? Don't Miss These Critical Retirement Milestones

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Most of us would love to enjoy a retirement that allows us to play golf, hang out on the beach, volunteer for worthy causes, spend time with our grandkids, travel to Europe, and do all types of other amazing activities.

But in order to maximize your ability to save on taxes, avoid government penalties and fees, and capitalize on benefits, you'll need to circle a few important dates on your calendar. Here are a few essential deadlines that you shouldn't miss while you're on the road to retirement.

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