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2011 Social Security Changes

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Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA):

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will not automatically increase in 2011 as there is no increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2008, the last year a COLA was determined, to the third quarter of 2010.  Other important 2011 Social Security information is as follows:


Maximum Taxable Earnings:
2010
2011
Social Security (OASDI only)
$106,800
$106,800*
Medicare (HI only)
No Limit

Quarter of Coverage:
2010
2011
Earnings needed to earn one Social Security credit
$1,120
$1,120**

Primary Insurance Amount Bend Points:
2010
2011
First dollar amount
$ 761
$ 749
Second dollar amount
$4,586
$4,517

Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amounts:
2010
2011
Under full retirement age
NOTE: One dollar in benefits will be withheld for every $2 in earnings above the limit.
$14,160/yr.
($1,180/mo.)
$14,160/yr.*
($1,180/mo.)
The year an individual reaches full retirement age
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.
$37,680/yr.
($3,140/mo.)
$37,680/yr.*
($3,140/mo.)
There is no limit on earnings beginning the month an individual attains full retirement age.

Social Security Disability Thresholds:
2010
2011
Non-Blind
$1,000/mo.
$1,000/mo.**
Blind
$1,640/mo.
$1,640/mo.*
$  720/mo.
$  720/mo.**

SSI Federal Payment Standard:
2010
2011
Individual
$ 674/mo.
$ 674/mo.*
Couple
$1,011/mo.
$1,011/mo.*

SSI Student Exclusion:
2010
2011
Monthly Limit
$1,640
$1,640*
Annual Limit
$6,600
$6,600*


*  By law, these amounts will be unchanged in 2011 because there is no COLA.

** By law, these amounts will be unchanged in 2011 because there was a decrease in the national average wage index for 2009.

 

 

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