05/07/2013 10:55 am ET Updated Jul 07, 2013

12 Important Retirement Planning Deadlines

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After years of saving and paying taxes, retirement is a time when you can collect Social Security and Medicare, and even qualify for a few extra tax perks. But to make the most of these valuable benefits, you need to meet deadlines. If you don't make the cutoffs, you could face higher taxes, penalties and fees. Make sure you factor these dates into your retirement planning:

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