The increase is called Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA for short. It is based on a calculation from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics called the CPI-W, which stands for the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, and includes inflation in the cost of food, transportation, clothing, recreation, and medical care, among other standards.
The CPI-W has been the standard measurement for increases in social security benefits since 1975, which took the responsibility for benefits increases away from Congress. However, because the measurement is based on inflation, social security benefits did not increase in 2010 and 2011, because inflation stayed relatively flat.
Increased payments begin on December 31, 2012, for more than 8 million social security beneficiaries. The total increase will be between $12 and $24, however, which is not a significant increase for most beneficiaries, who have been making do with $1,300 or $1,400 a month. Additionally, part of the raise will be offset because of higher Medicare premiums, which are projected to rise about $7 per month.
The maximum amount of earnings subject to social security tax is going up, as well. Currently, $110,100 is the maximum earnings taxed by social security; this will increase to $113,700. That means 10 million people will pay higher social security tax. However, the increase in tax will barely, if at all, help with social security benefits, as the number of retirees increases and more people apply for social security.
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