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Social Security Checks to Rise 1.6% in 2020

11 October 2019

The 1.6% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 63 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2020.

Their Social Security plans would also bolster benefits and raise taxes to keep the program afloat.

This news also has political consequences in an election year.

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The White House had no comment on the COLA debate.

Rep. Larson, the chair of the subcommittee on Social Security, has proposed using the special consumer price index for seniors, the CPI-E, which would provide more generous increases.

Overall, the group says Social Security benefits have lost 33 % of their buying power since 2000. Republicans have opposed extending Social Security, bringing up it won't have enough cash to pay full advantages beginning in 2035. "On the off chance that the objective is to keep up seniors' expectations for everyday comforts, at that point the typical cost for basic items change is going to miss the mark in the event that it doesn't gauge seniors' spending", he said. The uptick falls in line with an estimate released last month by the nonpartisan The Senior Citizens League but falls short of the 2.8 percent offered in 2019 and 2 percent in 2018.

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But former program trustee Blahous says even the current inflation measure is too generous, because it doesn't take into account that when prices go up, many people look for cheaper goods.

"Doing general financial planning, where you're not able to change the inflation or discount rates, could cause you to make errors", says Meyer.

"Many Americans have not recovered their wealth and assets from the great crash of 2008", Larson said. For the average Social Security recipient, that's $17,299 less than it would have been.

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Social Security is financed by a 12.4 percent tax on wages, with half paid by workers and the other half paid by employers. Because the cost is automatically deducted from clients' benefits, the average retiree will only see an approximate $15 increase in benefits says Bill Meyer, managing principal of Social Security Solutions. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research overview from February found that 39% of Americans had nearly no certainty the program will offer the ebb and flow level of advantages in five years.

Social Security Checks to Rise 1.6% in 2020