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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Tier 2 Cost-of-Living Increases

(Posted December 22, 2012)

Question 938: What have been the Tier 2 Cost-of-Living-Adjustments over time?

Answer: Below is a list of the annual Tier 1 Cost of Living Adjustments since 1975.

Tier 2 COLA is 1/3 of the Tier 1 COLA.

A Cost of Living Adjustment is effective in December, meaning that it is paid in the January payment.

YearTier 1 COLA (in %)
19758.0
19766.4
19775.9
19786.5
19799.9
198014.3
198111.2
19827.4
19833.5
19843.5
19853.1
19861.3
19874.2
19884.0
19894.7
19905.4
19913.7
19923.0
19932.6
19942.8
19952.6
19962.9
19972.1
19981.3
19992.5
20003.5
20012.6
20021.4
20032.1
20042.7
20054.1
20063.3
20072.3
20085.8
20090.0
20100.0
20113.6
20121.7


Important notice:

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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