Tag: COLA

Why Isn’t the President Giving Federal Retirees a Higher Raise?

By on January 5, 2017 in Pay & Benefits, Q&A with 0 Comments
Why Isn’t the President Giving Federal Retirees a Higher Raise?

Why isn’t the president giving a higher pay raise to federal retirees? I am a federal retiree and seeing current federal employees get a higher raise than me I feel is unfair.

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The Best of 2016

By on December 29, 2016 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
The Best of 2016

The FedSmith.com authors posted many articles in 2016 to keep our readers informed. These are some of our (and your) favorites.

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When Does an Employee Have to Retire to Receive the 2017 COLA?

By on December 14, 2016 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

An employee who plans to retire on 1/3/2017 wants to know if he has to be off of the government’s payroll by 12/31/16 to receive the COLA. The author provides the answer.

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Legislation Introduced to Apply the Chained CPI to Social Security COLA

By on December 11, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Legislation Introduced to Apply the Chained CPI to Social Security COLA

Legislation has been introduced that would make sweeping reforms to Social Security. The author says it would make cuts to the program that would potentially harm older Americans.

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Combatting Rise in Medicare Part B Premiums for Federal Retirees

By on December 7, 2016 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Combatting Rise in Medicare Part B Premiums for Federal Retirees

Some federal retirees may be impacted by a significant increase in Medicare Part B premiums. A bill has been introduced to minimize the impact.

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Why Social Security COLAs Aren’t Keeping Up With Inflation

By on November 9, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Why Social Security COLAs Aren’t Keeping Up With Inflation

A lot of retirees are upset about the small COLA for the coming year, however, the author says that the COLA calculation is not an exact science. Here is an explanation of why it has been so low in recent years.

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Schumer Urges One Time ‘Emergency’ Payment to Social Security Recipients to Offset Low COLA

By on October 25, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Schumer Urges One Time ‘Emergency’ Payment to Social Security Recipients to Offset Low COLA

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has announced an initiative to offset the low COLA that was recently announced for the coming year.

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Low COLA? Blame it on Gasoline

By on October 19, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Low COLA? Blame it on Gasoline

The author says that a drop in gasoline prices is to blame for the very low COLA that was announced for 2017 this week.

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Social Security Taxes Set to Rise for Some Employees in 2017

By on October 19, 2016 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Social Security Taxes Set to Rise for Some Employees in 2017

The Social Security Administration has announced that the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax will climb 7.3% in 2017.

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0.3% COLA Increase for Federal Retirees and Social Security Recipients in 2017

By on October 18, 2016 in Retirement with 0 Comments
0.3% COLA Increase for Federal Retirees and Social Security Recipients in 2017

There will be a COLA increase of 0.3% for federal retirees and Social Security recipients in 2017.

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