Cost-of-living Adjustment (COLA) for December (payable in January)
Social Security for employees and employers
Medicare (Hospital Insurance) An additional FICA tax of 0.9% applies to high-income beneficiaries with annual incomes above $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly). The employer does not pay this additional percentage.
Maximum Social Security earnings for tax contributions and benefits
Medicare taxable earnings
Earnings required to earn one credit (maximum of four credits per year)
Retirement Earnings Test exempt amounts
Under full retirement age (FRA) throughout 2021
FRA in 2021 (period before the month FRA is attained)
FRA and over
Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) formula – is the basic benefit formula used to calculate a person’s benefit and is applied to their average indexed monthly earnings (AIME). For people attaining age 62 or younger in each year, the formula as follows:
90% of the first $ of AIME, plus
32% of the next $ of AIME, plus
15% of the remaining AIME in excess of
National Average Wage Index
Social Security and Medicare Publications
Social Security and Medicare are the main source of retirement income and health care coverage. Use the easy-to-understand booklets to answer the many questions on these programs. Both are full of examples and updated information to help people get the most out of their benefits.
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