Social Security Announces 0.3% COLA for 2017 and Raises Amount of Earnings Subject to Tax

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 0.3% in 2017, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 0.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable in January 2017. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2016. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $127,200 from $118,500. Of the estimated 173 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2017, about 12 million will pay more because of the increase in the taxable maximum.


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