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Changes To Social Security For 2019

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Nov 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

When the calendar turns over to 2019 in a few weeks, Social Security will have some new developments. None of them are truly significant, but it is

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wise to be aware of these modifications as you do your year-end planning. 

Here are some changes to be aware of:

Benefits Will Increase. The Cost of Living Adjustment for 2019 will be 2.8%. For the average beneficiary, this amounts to around $400 per year.

You Can Earn More Money If Retired But Not At Full Retirement Age.  If you take your Social Security retirement at any age short of Full Retirement Age (FRA), Social Security will reduce your benefit by $1 for every $2 you earn above a set amount. For 2019, that amount is $17,640.

More Of Your Income Will Be Subject to Social Security Taxes. If you are still working, you will pay Social Security taxes on the first $132,900 you earn next year.

It Will Require Slightly More Income To Earn One Retirement/Disability Credit. You need a set amount of quarters to qualify for Social Security disability or retirement. For 2019, you will reap one quarter for each $1,360 you make.

SSI Benefits Will Increase. In 2019, the SSI monthly benefit for an individual will be $771 and the benefit for a couple will be $1,157

The Maximum Retirement Benefit Will Go Up.  Social Security has set $2,861 as the highest possible retirement amount for 2019. 

You Can Earn More While Disabled.  For 2019, Social Security will consider a person earning up to $1,220 per month still eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

The cliche has it that forewarned is forearmed. By knowing what changes Social Security will implement in the coming year, you can better prepare for retirement or disability. If you have specific questions about any of these changes, let me know or speak with your financial professional.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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