2017 SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES

Dec 22, 2016 | Publisher: edocr | Category: Civic & Government |  | Collection: Policy Reports | Views: 10 | Likes: 1

Fact Sheet SOCIAL SECURITY SSA Press Office 440 Altmeyer 6401 Security Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21235 410-965-8904 2017 SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES o Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA): Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2014 through the third quarter of 2016, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 0.3 percent COLA for 2017. Other important 2017 Social Security information is as follows: 2016 2017 o Tax Rate: Employee 7.65% 7.65% Self-Employed 15.30% 15.30% NOTE: The 7.65% tax rate is the combined rate for Social Security and Medicare. The Social Security portion (OASDI) is 6.20% on earnings up to the applicable taxable maximum amount (see below). The Medicare portion (HI) is 1.45% on all earnings. Also, as of January 2013, individuals with earned income of more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) pay an additional 0.9 percent in Medicare taxes. The tax rates shown above do not include the 0.9 percent. o Maximum Taxable Earnings: Social Security (OASDI only) $118,500 $127,200 Medicare (HI only) N o L i m i t o Quarter of Coverage: $1,260 $1,300 o Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amounts: Under full retirement age $15,720/yr. $16,920/yr. ($1,310/mo.) ($1,410/mo.) NOTE: One dollar in benefits will be withheld for every $2 in earnings above the limit. The year an individual reaches full $41,880/yr. $44,880/yr. retirement age ($3,490/mo.) ($3,740/mo.) NOTE: Applies only to earnings for months prior to attaining full retirement age. One dollar in benefits will be withheld for every $3 in earnings above the limit. There is no limit on earnings beginning the month an individual attains full retirement age. o Social Security Disability Thresholds: Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Non-Blind $1,130/mo. $1,170/mo. Blind $1,820/mo. $1,950/mo. Trial Work Period (TWP) $ 810/mo. $ 840/mo. o Maximum Social Security Benefit: Worker Retiring at Full Retirement Age: $2,639/mo. $2,687/mo. o SSI Federal Payment Standard: Individual $ 733/mo. $ 735/mo. Couple $1,100/mo. $1,103/mo. o SSI Resources Limits: Individual $2,000 $2,000 Couple $3,000 $3,000 o SSI Student Exclusion: Monthly limit $1,780 $1,790 Annual limit $7,180 $7,200 o Estimated Average Monthly Social Security Benefits Payable in January 2017: Before After 0.3% COLA 0.3% COLA All Retired Workers $1,355 $1,360 Aged Couple, Both Receiving Benefits $2,254 $2,260 Widowed Mother and Two Children $2,686 $2,695 Aged Widow(er) Alone $1,296 $1,300 Disabled Worker, Spouse and $1,990 $1,996 One or More Children All Disabled Workers $1,167 $1,171

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