If you recently started receiving Social Security benefits, there are three common reasons why you may be getting less than you expected: an offset due to outstanding debts, taking benefits early, and a high income.
If you are fortunate to have a high income in retirement, you may be subject to Medicare surcharges. These Medicare surcharges are typically deducted from your Social Security payments. In this case, you may be shocked to see the Social Security payments in 2022 are lower than in 2021.
Earned too much last year
Once you go over that limit, Social Security will withhold benefits from you in the next year based on how much you went over. For 2021 the earnings limit was $18,960 – and so for every $2 that you earned over that limit, $1 of benefits is withheld.
You can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. But, if you're younger than full retirement age, and earn more than certain amounts, your benefits will be reduced. The amount that your benefits are reduced, however, isn't truly lost.
DEFINITION: The special minimum benefit is a special minimum primary insurance amount ( PIA ) enacted in 1972 to provide adequate benefits to long-term low earners. The first full special minimum PIA in 1973 was $170 per month. Beginning in 1979, its value has increased with price growth and is $886 per month in 2020.
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The tax rate hasn't changed. The amount of income that's subject to that tax, however, has also increased in line with the COLA. In 2021, you paid Social Security tax (called Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance, or OASDI) on up to $142,800 of taxable earnings. That limit will be $147,000 in 2022.
Your benefits are reduced by $1 for every $2 you earn in excess of $19,560 for 2022 (and $18,960 for 2021) until you reach your FRA. Your benefits are reduced by $1 for every $3 that you earn above $51,960 for 2022 (or $50,520 for 2021). Your benefits are longer be reduced beginning with the month when you attain FRA.
The $3,895 maximum Social Security benefit in 2021 is more than double the average benefit and provides a generous $46,740 in annual income.
At age 65: $2,993. At age 66: $3,240. At age 70: $4,194.
As a result of changes to Social Security enacted in 1983, benefits are now expected to be payable in full on a timely basis until 2037, when the trust fund reserves are projected to become exhausted.
According to the 2022 annual report of the Social Security Board of Trustees, the surplus in the trust funds that disburse retirement, disability and other Social Security benefits will be depleted by 2035. That's one year later than the trustees projected in their 2021 report.
An official with the Social Security Administration said beneficiaries are likely to receive a COLA “closer to 8%” at the end of 2022 due to the current rate of inflation, CBS News reported. Beneficiaries could see an increase of $132.64 per month in early 2023, bringing the average check to about $1,790.
Anyone who is a current Social Security recipient or who will turn 62 in 2023 — the earliest age at which an individual can claim Social Security — would receive an extra $200 per monthly check.
The only people who can legally collect benefits without paying into Social Security are family members of workers who have done so. Nonworking spouses, ex-spouses, offspring or parents may be eligible for spousal, survivor or children's benefits based on the qualifying worker's earnings record.
According to the SSA's 2021 Annual Statistical Supplement, the monthly benefit amount for retired workers claiming benefits at age 62 earning the average wage was $1,480 per month for the worker alone. The benefit amount for workers with spouses claiming benefits was $2,170 at age 62.
The short answer is yes. Retirees who begin collecting Social Security at 62 instead of at the full retirement age (67 for those born in 1960 or later) can expect their monthly benefits to be 30% lower. So, delaying claiming until 67 will result in a larger monthly check.
But if you can supplement your retirement income with other savings or sources of income, then $6,000 a month could be a good starting point for a comfortable retirement.
Social Security isn't bankrupt: What we know about future benefits based on the latest trustees report. Social Security's trust funds were projected to have a depletion date of 2035 in the latest report from the program's trustees, one year later than was projected last year.