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What will be the Social Security increase for 2022?

"Social Security recipients are likely to get an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 6 to a 6.1 percent in 2022, according to The Senior Citizens League ...the highest since 1982." The new number: the basis for all future benefits. SS never pays less than the year before. AS EnglishWill retirees receive better Social Security benefits due to the COLA increases?

How much can you make on social security?

The Social Security earnings limit is $1,580 per month or $18,960 per year in 2021 for someone age 65 or younger. If you earn more than this amount, you can expect to have $1 withheld from your Social Security benefit for every $2 earned above the limit. U.S News & World Report MoneyWhat Happens if You Work While Collecting Social Security

Can You Lose Your Social Security Over Delinquent Debt? | The Motley Fool

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Sometimes you have no choice but to retire with debt, particularly when an illness or a job loss forces you to quit working earlier than you planned. If you're on a tight retirement budget, you may not be able to make all your debt obligations -- and perhaps you're wondering how that will affect your Social Security. Read on to learn how unpaid debt could affect your benefits.

Yes, your Social Security benefits can be garnished over unpaid debt, but only in certain circumstances. Basically, the situations that would cause Social Security to withhold your benefits are similar to the ones that would cause the IRS to withhold your tax refund. In essence, if you owe the government or you've been ordered by a court to pay money in family law or criminal matters, Social Security could garnish your benefits.

Here are some scenarios where delinquent debt could result in smaller Social Security checks: 

Note that in all of these cases, your Social Security will only be reduced if you're delinquent on payments. Your benefits won't be withheld just for owing the debt. If your Social Security benefits are garnished, only your current and future monthly benefits will be affected. Social Security won't go after payments retroactively.

Private creditors can't garnish your Social Security. If you have credit card debt, medical debt, private student loans, a car loan, or a mortgage, your benefits won't be affected if you get behind on payments.

Of course, the consequences of missing these payments are still serious. Obviously, you could lose your home or vehicle if you fail to make mortgage or car loan payments. Becoming delinquent on any of the payments listed above will still tank your credit score.

If you're working while collecting Social Security, a private creditor could sue you and obtain a judgment to garnish part of your paycheck. A private collector could also win a judgment to garnish your bank account. However, for Social Security and many other federal benefits, two months' worth of payments are generally protected from seizure. 

In a perfect world, debt payments wouldn't be part of your retirement years. But the reality is, it's often unavoidable. Retired or not, you have options if you're struggling to make debt payments, particularly when you owe the federal government.

You can typically get approved for an IRS payment plan in just a few minutes online if you owe taxes. If you have federal student loans -- including Parent PLUS loans that you took on for your child's education -- an income-driven repayment plan that will cap your payment at a percentage of your income is probably an option. You may also be able to ask a court to modify payments you've been ordered to make.

The bottom line is, if you're trying to protect your Social Security checks from garnishment, it pays to be proactive. Take action as soon as you know you won't be able to make a payment.

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Here's how much your Social Security benefits will be if you make anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 per year

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The average Social Security benefit is around $1,544.

With inflation on the rise, retirees are expected to get as much as a 6% cost-of-living increase in their 2022 checks to shore up their budgets.

The size of your payment, however, will be based on income from your working years, when you were born and the age when you decide to start receiving benefits.

Luckily, CNBC did the math for a wide range of salaries, and we can estimate future benefits if you make between $30,000 and $100,000 per year. 

Remember: Social Security generally was not envisioned as your sole source of money for retirement, and the totals are always changing.

Watch this video for a breakdown of how much you will get and how your monthly benefit will be calculated based on multiple different salaries. 

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