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2017 SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES
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:
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)
Medicare (HI only)
N o L i m i t
Quarter of Coverage:
Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amounts:
Under full retirement age
NOTE: One dollar in benefits will be withheld for every $2 in earnings above the limit.
The year an individual reaches full
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
Social Security Disability Thresholds:
Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)