July Social Security Payment Increase – Extra Money for Retirees from the 2024 COLA Adjustment

By Ehsteem Arif

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Beneficiaries of Social Security receive a boost from the cost of living adjustment (COLA) every year to help them keep up with inflation. As of January, retirees have been receiving a 3.2% increase in their Social Security payments.

This adjustment is crucial for seniors trying to manage their daily expenses amidst rising inflation. However, despite this increase, many seniors feel that it’s still not enough to know the significant inflation experienced over the past few years.



COLA stands for cost of living adjustment, a percentage increase applied to Social Security benefits to ensure that the payments keep up with inflation. This adjustment is based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which measures the average change in prices over time that consumers pay for a basket of goods and services. This index helps to protect the purchasing power of Social Security beneficiaries, ensuring that their income doesn’t lose value as the cost of living rises.

The CPI-W is determined by tracking the prices of a fixed set of goods and services, which are weighted based on the spending habits of families who earn at least 50% of their income from clerical or wage employment. The COLA is calculated as an average of the CPI-W changes during the third quarter of the previous year. This means that the COLA for 2025 will be determined by the average CPI-W from July, August, and September of 2024.


Projected COLA for 2025

While the exact COLA for 2025 won’t be determined until October, projections suggest it could be between 2.5% and 3%. This projection is based on current inflation trends and economic conditions. Analysts and politicians will meet in October to finalize the COLA, which will affect Social Security payments for the coming year. The primary indicator for predicting the COLA is monthly inflation, which has seen significant fluctuations in recent years.

For instance, in July 2022, inflation hit a peak of 9.1% due to the pandemic. Although inflation rates have since slowed, they remain above pre-pandemic levels. In early 2024, inflation rates saw a slight increase but began to stabilize, suggesting a more moderate COLA for 2025. According to the Senior Citizens League, based on current forecasts, the COLA for 2025 will likely fall between 2.57% and 3%.


Impact on Social Security Payments

The 3.2% COLA implemented at the beginning of this year has increased the monthly Social Security payments for retirees. For example, retirees who claimed benefits before May 1997 can expect to receive the following payments on July 3rd:

  • Average payment: $1,900
  • Claim benefits at 62: $2,710
  • Claim benefits at 67: $3,822
  • Claim benefits at 70: $4,873

It’s important to note that these amounts can vary based on several factors, including the retiree’s age, work history, and the total contributions made to Social Security over their career. For more details on payment schedules and amounts, retirees should refer to the Social Security payment schedule for the year.


Calculating Future Increases

If the projected 3% COLA for 2025 is implemented, retirees can expect an increase in their Social Security payments as follows:

  • Average payment: From $1,900 to $1,957
  • Claim benefits at 62: From $2,710 to $2,791
  • Claim benefits at 67: From $3,822 to $3,937
  • Claim benefits at 70: From $4,873 to $5,019

These adjustments are critical for retirees who rely on Social Security as a primary source of income. As living expenses continue to rise, knowing how COLA affects Social Security payments is essential for financial planning.



What is COLA?

COLA stands for cost of living adjustment, a percentage increase to Social Security benefits to keep up with inflation.

How is the COLA determined?

The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), calculated from the average of the third quarter’s CPI-W.


When is the COLA announced?

The COLA is typically announced in October of each year.

What is the projected COLA for 2025?

The projected COLA for 2025 is between 2.5% and 3%.


How does the COLA impact Social Security payments?

The COLA increases the monthly Social Security payments to help beneficiaries keep pace with rising living costs.


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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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