In 2022, Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Retirement recipients will see an increase in their monthly payments.
A COLA or Cost-Of-Living Adjustment for Social Security disability and retirement recipients is in place for 2022.
Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2020 through the third quarter of 2021, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 5.9 percent COLA for 2022.
Since 1975, Social Security’s general benefit increases have been based on increases in the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.
The reason for a COLA, is to make sure the recipients of these benefits are not affected by inflation. The Social Security Administration determines the COLA by using the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). If there is no increase, there will not be a COLA that year.
The 5.9% increase will raise benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2022. More than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin receiving increased payments on December 31, 2021.
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For individuals who are applying for SSD or SSI, there are important changes to SGA in 2022 as well. If you plan to work while applying for or receiving these benefits you may come across the word Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). When someone is working, as an employee, Social Security sets a limit on not how much you can work, but on how much you can earn. In 2022, the monthly gross amount an individual can make will be $1,350.00.
Although a COLA means recipient’s monthly payments will increase, it also means the cost of living has also increased. This means prices for goods and services have increased enough to affect the cost of living.
Recipients of these benefits will be notified in December 2021 of the changes to their benefits. You can find this information in the message center of your My Social Security Account. Letters will also be sent.
Source: Social Security Administration, “Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2022.”