Get in the Know: Social Security and IRS Updates for 2018
Last October, the Social Security Administration announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018 benefits. Starting in January, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase by 2.0 percent,1 which will yield approximately $25 extra a month for the average beneficiary.2
For individuals still in the workforce, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax will increase from $127,200 to $128,700. This increase will cause about 12 million American workers to pay more in Social Security taxes.3
From a retirement savings perspective, there is some good news from the IRS in 2018: Employees may increase 401(k) contributions to $18,500 — a $500 boost over the past few years. The maximum contribution (employer and employee combined) will increase by $1,000 for a total of $55,000 a year. Unfortunately, there is no change for the “catch-up” contribution for people age 50 and older, which will remain at $6,000.4
IRA contributions, including the catch-up provision, will also stay the same at $5,500 and $1,000, respectively.5
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1 Social Security Administration. Oct. 13, 2017. “Social Security Announces 2.0 Percent Benefit Increase for 2018.” https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/#/post/10-2017-1. Accessed Nov. 16, 2017.
2 Newsmax.com. Oct. 13, 2017. “Social Security Benefits to Get Another Modest Boost in 2018.” https://www.newsmax.com/US/social-security-cost-of-living-adjustment-cola-2018/2017/10/13/id/819445/. Accessed Nov. 16, 2017.
3 Emily Brandon. U.S. News & World Report. Oct. 16, 2017. “Social Security Changes Coming in 2018.” https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/social-security/articles/2017-10-16/social-security-changes-coming-in-2018. Accessed Dec. 11, 2017.
4 IRS. Oct. 19, 2017. “IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations; 401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018.” https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-announces-2018-pension-plan-limitations-401k-contribution-limit-increases-to-18500-for-2018. Accessed Dec. 11, 2017.
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