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Social Security Benefits To Increase This Month, Check If You Are Eligible

Social Security Benefits
Social Security Benefits; Source- Fox Business

More than 71 million Americans will see an increase in Social Security benefits of 3.2 percent in 2024. The increase, which adds more than $50 every month on average, hit some checks on Friday and is going to continue during the month and throughout the year. The SSA said the increase will help people keep up with expenses. This is the third year in a row that inflation has caused an increase in benefit payments; the previous two years were larger, with an 8.7 percent rise in 2023 and a 5.9 percent boost in 2022. The rise will be felt by Americans on Social Security and SSI. Cost-of-living increases will be made to Social Security and SSI benefits for individuals who receive both.

Social Security Benefits

Social Security Benefits; Source- AS USA

Average Social Security Payment Of 2024

The SSA estimates that the average monthly payment for Social Security was around $1,711, while the average monthly payment for SSI was approximately $674. Adding to those sums would be the cost-of-living adjustment. Payments will be made to beneficiaries who were born on the first and tenth of the month on the second Wednesday of the month. On January 10, cheques reflecting the first cost-of-living rise will be given out. Payments will be made on the third Wednesday of the month to beneficiaries who were born between the eleventh and the twentieth of the month. On January 17, cheques reflecting the first cost-of-living rise will be given out. Payments will be made on the fourth Wednesday of the month to beneficiaries who were born between the 21st and the 31st of the current month. On January 24, cheques reflecting the first cost-of-living rise will be given out.

Regulations Of Social Security COLA

There is a deluge of complex forms and intricate computations throughout tax season. Organizing your own money can seem like an enormous undertaking, particularly if you’re not entirely familiar with the regulations. For instance, you must pay taxes on money you receive from the government in the form of Social Security benefits. Whether you are submitting an individual or combined return will determine how much you have to pay. Many people who get Social Security benefits will have to pay income tax on that money according to Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Evaluation Of Social Security Benefits

Your payment amount is calculated using what the IRS refers to as combined income. Your half-social security benefit plus nontaxable interest is added to your adjusted gross income. If you are an individual filing a federal tax return and your total income exceeds $34,000, you may be required to pay taxes on up to 85% of your Social Security benefits. You both have combined incomes above $44,000, and you file a joint return with your spouse. If you submit a federal tax return as a person and your total income is between $25,000 and $34,000, you may be required to pay taxes on up to 50% of your Social Security benefits.

You and your spouse file a joint return, and your total income ranges from $32,000 to $44,000. You should receive paperwork from the SSA in January that will help you calculate the total amount of payments you received during the year. This is your SSA-1099, or Social Security Benefit Statement, which you can use to calculate your federal tax liability when you file your return. The SSA-1099 should automatically be mailed to all benefit recipients. If it does not arrive, once you set up a Social Security account, you should be able to print a copy from the Internet.

 

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