Federal retirees to get largest COLA increase in years
More than 67 million Americans, including federal retirees, will get a cost of living increase of 2.8 percent in 2019—the highest since 2012.
The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index, which is determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages, and based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.
The 2.8 percent increase effects retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System, and those under the Federal Employees Retirement System will receive a 2 percent increase.
Also, for the first time this year, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account.
Learn more about the COLAs here.