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It depends. Almost all the means testing we've done so far is based on income, not total assets or net worth. For the last few years I've been increasingly "engineering" our personal finances to maximize our ability to retire with fairly high net worth and modest taxable income. If the increasing trend of means-testing goodies continues to focus on income, I'm pretty sure we could get by pretty well on $50K annual income or less, especially if that gives me heavily means-tested health care subsidies that I'd start losing rapidly with higher income. And some of that will be non-taxable return of capital and Roth investment withdrawals.

Based on the articles I've read on means testing, the soft-hearted have already figured out that they need to determine fiancial status based on MAGI, not AGI, which would include money received from tax-exempt bonds and such.
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