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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Will There Be a Cost-of Living Adjustment in Social Security Benefits This Year?

(Posted July 18, 2010)

Question 763: Will there be a COLA (Cost-of-living adjustment) in Social Security benefits for 2011?

Answer: It's too early to tell officially. Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Veterans Benefits and Federal Pensions all are adjusted if the Cost-of Living in the July-September quarter in 2010 is higher than it was in the same 3-month period in 2009. The calculation usually is made by the end of October.

There was no COLA adjustment in benefits last year because the cost-of-living actually fell. It appears that there might not be one this year for the same reason.


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Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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