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  • Writer's pictureChris Stein, CFP®

2019 COLA Changes

2019 COLA Changes

Well, the wait is over for the 2019 announcement on the cost of living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security.   I have summarized the key changes below.  For all the details you can refer to the 2019 SSA facts sheet here:

  1. Socials Security recipients will receive a 2.8% COLA for 2019, beginning with their January 2019 payment. (click here for the list of past percentages)

  2. The new maximum taxable earnings limit is $132,900, up from $128,400.

  3. Earnings Test exempt amount goes up to $17,640/year from $17,040 in 2018.

  4. Earnings required to earn one quarter or credit of coverage is $1,360, up from $1,320.

In addition to the Social Security COLA, they have also announced that the new Medicare Part B premiums for new enrollees will go up from $134 in 2018 to $135.50 in 2019.  While nobody wants an increase, this is a minor change that most people will be thankful to see.

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