Whether you’re applying for Social Security in the future or currently receiving benefits, there are some important changes to earnings limits, Medicare premiums, and other differences to keep in mind. Ready to learn more? Read on.
Ready for a Cost-of-Living (COLA) increase?
That’s right! Due to an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W), the Social Security Administration (SSA) has made a 2.8-percent COLA Adjustment.1
What about Tax Caps?
Employees everywhere will be happy to hear that the cap on wages subject to Social Security withholdings has increased to $132,000.1
Any change to earning limits?
As of 2019, the amount that Social Security beneficiaries can earn before they receive a reduction in their Social Security benefits, is $17,740. Keep in mind, this limit only applies prior to reaching the full retirement age of 67, assuming you were born in 1960 or later.1
Are Medicare Part B Premiums Affected?
Since the law prohibits Medicare premiums from rising faster than Social Security benefits, most Social Security recipients will see a $1.50 increase in Part B premiums. But first-time enrollees and Medicare beneficiaries who earn $200,000 or more in 2019, may pay a higher premium.2
How much do I need to earn for one Social Security “credit”?
In 2019, you’ll need to earn $1,360 to earn one “credit” toward Social Security and Medicare, up from $1,320 in 2018.1 What remains the same? You can only earn four credits each year, and you must earn at least 40 credits in order to qualify for benefits.1
For many, Social Security may be an important source of income during their “second act.” If changes to Social Security give you pause or make you question if you are making the most of your benefits, a qualified financial professional may be just the person you need to help you realize your retirement strategy’s full potential.
1. Social Security Administration, 2019
2. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2019