Automatic Determinations
Retirement test exempt amounts
Wageindexed amounts 
Determination of the Exempt Amounts for 2021
Ordinarily the exempt amounts are determined according to formulas set by law.
The formulas are applicable only if a costofliving
increase becomes effective for December of the year in which a determination
of the exempt amounts would ordinarily be made.
Because there is a costofliving increase for December 2020, the exempt amounts for 2021 are computed according to the statutory formulas.
Determination of the Lower Exempt Amount for 2021
The monthly exempt amount for 2021 is determined to be the larger of:
 the 1994 monthly exempt amount multiplied by the ratio of the
national average wage index for 2019 to that for 1992, or
 the 2020 monthly exempt amount of $1,520.
If the amount so determined is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the
nearest multiple of $10. The annual exempt amount is then 12 times the
rounded monthly exempt amount.
Calculation details for lower monthly exempt amount
Amounts in formula 
1994 monthly exempt amount  $670 
1992 average wage index  22,935.42 
2019 average wage index  54,099.99 
Computation  $670 times (54,099.99 divided by 22,935.42)
equals $1,580.39, which rounds to $1,580 
Higher amount  $1,580 exceeds the monthly
exempt amount for 2020, so the monthly exempt amount for 2021 is
$1,580 
The annual exempt amount for 2021 is 12 times the monthly amount
$1,580, or $18,960.
Determination of the Higher Exempt Amount for 2021
The monthly exempt amount for 2021
is determined to be the larger of:
 the 2002 monthly exempt amount multiplied by the ratio of the
national average wage index for 2019 to that for 2000, or
 the 2020 monthly exempt amount of $4,050.
If the amount so determined is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the
nearest multiple of $10. The annual exempt amount is then 12 times the
rounded monthly exempt amount.
Calculation details for higher monthly exempt amount
Amounts in formula 
2002 monthly exempt amount 
$2,500 
2000 average wage index  32,154.82 
2019 average wage index  54,099.99 
Computation  $2,500 times (54,099.99 divided by 32,154.82)
equals $4,206.21, which rounds to $4,210 
Higher amount  $4,210 exceeds the
monthly exempt amount for 2020, so the monthly exempt amount for 2021
is $4,210 
The annual exempt amount for 2021 is 12 times the
monthly amount $4,210, or $50,520.
