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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Social Security Announces COLA for 2009

The Social Security Administration announced a 5.9% Cost of Living Adjustment ("COLA") for the coming year. This increase is the largest COLA since 1982. This is contrasted with the 2.8% increase Social Security adopted last year.

Other changes include the following:
  • It will take $1,090 in earnings to earn one Quarter of Coverage in the Social Security System;
  • If a non-blind person claiming disability earns $980 per month in 2009, they will be presumed to be engaging in Substantial Gainful Activity (i.e. earning too much to qualify for disability that month). A blind person may earn up to $1,640 per month.
  • Trial work period caps are being raised to $700 per month.

SSI monthly benefits will increase from $637 per month to $674 per month for an individual.

The full list of changes can be found at or at 73 Fed.Reg. 64651 (Oct. 30, 2008).

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