Social Security Announces COLA, Wage Base Increase

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a 1.7% benefit increase for 2015.

In addition, based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $118,500 from $117,000.

The 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015.  Increased payments to more than eight million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. Of the estimated 168 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2015, about 10 million will pay higher taxes because of the increase in the taxable maximum.

Information about Medicare changes for 2015 is available at

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. For more information about how the COLA is calculated, visit