Tag: Social Security

2017 COLA Increase Will Result in a Tax Hike For Over 12 Million American Workers

[2017 COLA update] Its been a few years with relatively minor COLA (cost-of-living-adjustment) increases but even with the marginal 2017 COLA increase of 0.3%, over 12 million Americans will pay higher taxes in 2017… Read more »

2018 vs 2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), Social Security and Medicare Tax Rates

[2018 COLA Increase] The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a relatively large 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2018. Benefits like Social Security or Supplemental Security income, that are… Read more »

2013 Debt Ceiling Debate – Spending Cuts, Soaring Deficit, Tax Refund Delays and Political Theatrics

As I was writing this article I re-read my original pieces on the 2011 debt ceiling debate/deal and got a major sense of deja-vu. After 18 months we are back in the same place with… Read more »

COLA Increase Provides a Raise for Social Security Income and Benefits to Federal and Military Retirees

[2014 COLA Increase Update]  The Congressional Budget Office has forecast a 1.5% COLA raise based on preliminary data. This is 0.2% less than the 2013 increase discussed below. For more… Read more »

Super Committee Fails to Reach Debt Deal – Automatic Triggers To Cut Defense and Discretionary Spending

[Latest Update]  As many had predicted, the debt Super Committee has failed to come up with a deficit reduction plan. Basically the not-so-super members failed to get past party line… Read more »