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2010 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 2010 as there was no increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2008 to the third quarter of 2009.  Other important 2010 Social Security information is as follows:


Maximum Taxable Earnings:
2009
2010
Social Security (OASDI only)
$106,800
$106,800*
Medicare (HI only)
No Limit

Quarter of Coverage:
2009
2010
Earnings needed to earn one Social Security credit
$1,090
$1,120

Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amounts:
2009
2010
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:
2009
2010
Non-Blind
$  980/mo.
$1000/mo.
Blind
$1,640/mo.
$1,640/mo.*
$  700/mo.
$  720/mo.

SSI Federal Payment Standard:
2009
2010
Individual
$ 674/mo.
$ 674/mo.*
Couple
$1,011/mo.
$1,011/mo.*

SSI Student Exclusion:
2009
2010
Monthly Limit
$1,640
$1,640*
Annual Limit
$6,600
$6,600*


* Because there is no COLA, by statute these amounts remain unchanged in 2010.

 

 

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