Your 2013 COLA: 1.7%

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Social Security today announced their benefit changes for 2013.  The cost-of-living adjustment that Social Security recipients will receive, beginning in their January payments, will be 1.7%.

It is expected that OPM will soon announce 1.7% COLAs for all CSRS retirees and for FERS retirees eligible for the COLA.  FERS retirees (other than special category employees) do not begin earning a COLA until age 62.

Here are additional Social Security changes that were announced today.

2013 2012
Amount of income out of which SS payroll taxes are taken $113,700 $110,100
Amount needed to earn a quarter of coverage (credit) $1,160 $1,130
Earnings test from age 62 until the year full retirement age is reached $15,120 $14,640
Earnings test in year full retirement age is reached $40,080 $38,880
Substantial gainful activity for disability recipient $1,040 $1,010

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John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.