How the Cost of Living Might Affect Your Monthly Budget

December 01, 2021

If you're one of America's 64 million Social Security beneficiaries, you might want to prepare yourself for a significant pay raise. 

According to the Social Security Administration, the annual cost-of-living (COLA) benefits increase starts with the year you turn 62, and the COLA increase announced in October was 5.9%. Continued inflationary pressure as the economy recovers from the pandemic-induced recession means that in 2022, Social Security recipients will receive the most significant increase in benefits since 1983.

What does this mean for your retirement income?

Before getting the adjusted Social Security check, you may want to look at your monthly budget and see how you can put the extra money to use. The costs of everything from gas to food to utilities have increased, and you'll want to earmark your extra income accordingly. 

Be aware that anyone on Medicare or Medicaid will likely not feel the effects of a full 5.9% bump because of increased premiums associated with health care and Medicare Part B in particular. These payments are generally taken out of Social Security and could impact the adjustment you see.  

If Social Security checks are your only income, there generally won't be any change in taxes. However, if you're someone who draws on other retirement savings in addition to Social Security or is working and receiving benefits, part of your checks may become taxable. Taxpayers who receive other sources of income over the threshold amounts in addition to Social Security benefits should prepare to see an increase in their tax bill.

Social Security payments, alongside other income, can impact your tax bracket during your retirement years, so diligence is required to ensure you're keeping yourself in the lowest tax bracket possible. Call us today, and together, we can determine any necessary changes.


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