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Social Security Benefits Increase in 2014

D Cator 2014
Donna L. Cator, CFP®, CDFA®
Vice President, Wealth Advisor
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(585) 394-4260 x50623

After announcing that benefits increased 1.5% for 2014, the Social Security Administration provided some other information that may be of interest.

Benefits. 

The average benefit payable to retired workers is an estimated $1,294 a month (as of January 2014). Retired couples who both receive benefits get $2,111 on average.

The maximum benefit for a worker retiring at full retirement age (FRA) is $2,642 a month.

Taxes. 

The 6.2% Social Security payroll tax applies to the first $117,000 of 2014 earnings. Self-employed individuals pay 12.4% on the first $117,000 of earnings.

Retirement earnings. 

Social Security recipients who haven’t reached FRA generally can earn as much as $15,480 this year before their benefits will be reduced ($41,400 if reaching FRA in 2014).

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