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When I Receive My First Payment Will It Include The 5.9% COLA?

When I applied for SSA benefits in September 2021 (for Jan 2022), the latest SSA statement at that time in September showed that I would receive $xxxx, if I waited until age 70. I reach 70 in January 2022. I just got a benefits verification letter (Dec 28, 2021) showing that I will receive $xxxx (the amount from the Sept 2021 statement) starting in Jan 2022, with no mention of the 5.9% COLA and no COLA notification letter. When I receive the first check in February 2022, will it be for $xxxx or for $xxxx + 5.9%?

Thank you. Tom

Hi Tom. I can't explain the apparent discrepancy you described, but your benefit rate for January 2022 will definitely include the 5.9% cost of living (COLA) increase.

Best, Jerry

Dec 28 2021 - 4:25pm
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