Friday, October 13, 2017

Social Security Administration Increases Benefits By 2% for 2018


Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans (of which 158,000 are Brevard County residents) will increase 2% in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 2% raise is the largest increase in six years, which amounts to about an extra $25 per year for the average Social Security recipient.


For the average Social Security recipient, the increase does not cover the increase in recent local sales taxes enacted in Brevard County such as the half-cent sales tax for Brevard Public Schools and another half-cent sales tax for the Indian River Lagoon which collectively amount to $135 per year for the average household.

The 2% percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018.

Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 29, 2017.

The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $128,700 from $127,200.

Of the estimated 175 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2018, about 12 million will pay more because of the increase in the taxable maximum.

Social Security COLA Raise History

January 2010 -- 0.0%
January 2011 -- 0.0%
January 2012 -- 3.6%
January 2013 -- 1.7%
January 2014 -- 1.5%
January 2015 -- 1.7%
January 2016 -- 0.0%
January 2017 -- 0.3%
January 2018 -- 2.0%

Image credit: SSA