Changes in Social Security Benefits for 2024 – Updates for SSI, SSDI, and VA by SSA

By Ehsteem Arif

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides crucial financial support to countless Americans through various programs, especially for those in the low-income category, disabled, senior citizens, and the blind.

The U.S. government offers these benefits through programs like SSI, SSDI, and VA. Individuals earning up to 65 years and having enough credit points are eligible for these benefits.


Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for Social Security benefits, you must meet certain criteria. These include:

  • Being 62 years or older
  • Having authentic medical proof of disability
  • Earning below the federal income limit
  • Contributing to retirement funds with sufficient work credits

The SSA updates information on these programs regularly on their official website,


Changes in Benefits

The SSA has announced significant changes to Social Security benefits in 2024 due to inflation and other economic factors.

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

In 2024, the COLA increased by 3.2%, raising monthly benefits by approximately $59 for the average retired individual. This adjustment helps recipients maintain their purchasing power amid rising costs.


Taxable Earnings

In 2023, the maximum taxable earnings subject to Social Security taxes were $160,200. In 2024, this has increased to $168,600, meaning more income will be subject to tax. This change reflects the increase in average wages across the U.S.

Maximum Benefits

The maximum Social Security benefits for workers retiring at full retirement age (67 years) have increased. In 2024, qualified individuals can collect between $3,627 and $3,822 monthly. Benefits are reduced for those retiring before full retirement age and increased for those retiring after.


Disability and Spouse Benefits

Average Social Security payments will also rise for widows, widowers, and disabled individuals. For example, a widowed mother with two children can receive up to $3,653, while aged widows and widowers living alone can receive $1,773.

Payment Schedule

The SSA distributes payments monthly, directly into beneficiaries’ accounts based on birth dates:

  • Birth dates from 1st-10th: 2nd Wednesday of each month
  • Birth dates from 11th-20th: 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • Birth dates from 21st-31st: 4th Wednesday of each month

This system ensures timely and organized disbursement of funds.

Tracking Payments

To track your payments, visit the SSA’s official website, Create or log into your SSA account using a valid Social Security Number (SSN). You can monitor your payment status and review past payments through this portal.


Benefits of Social Security

Social Security provides numerous benefits, particularly for low-income and vulnerable populations.

Financial Support

Monthly payments help cover essential expenses like food, housing, and healthcare, offering financial stability to recipients.


Ease of Payment

The SSA ensures hassle-free, direct deposit of funds into beneficiaries’ accounts, eliminating the need for physical checks.

Economic Impact

These benefits increase recipients’ purchasing power, stimulate economic activity, and support businesses, contributing to overall economic stability.


Health and Nutrition

Regular payments ensure beneficiaries can afford nutritious food and healthcare, promoting better health and wellness.

Future Savings

For low-income recipients, Social Security payments also provide an opportunity to save for future needs, offering a financial safety net.


By knowing these changes and benefits, recipients can better know and utilize Social Security resources, ensuring financial security and stability.


Who qualifies for Social Security benefits?

Low-income, disabled, senior citizens, and those with sufficient work credits.


How much will retired individuals receive?

Retired individuals will receive $943 monthly.

How can I track my payments?

Track payments on by logging into your SSA account.


When are payments disbursed?

Payments are disbursed on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of each month, based on birth dates.

Are these payments tax-free?

Yes, Social Security payments are tax-free.


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Ehsteem Arif

A tax law expert with a knack for breaking down complex regulations into digestible insights. Ehsteem's articles on the tax news blog offer invaluable guidance to readers navigating changes in tax legislation.

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