Provisions Affecting CostofLiving Adjustment
An annual costofliving adjustment (COLA) applies to benefits after initial eligibility. We provide a summary list of all options (printerfriendly PDF version) in this category. For each provision listed below, we provide an estimate of the financial effect on the OASDI program over the longrange period (the next 75 years) and for the 75th year. In addition, we provide graphs and detailed single year tables. We base all estimates on the intermediate assumptions described in the 2019 Trustees Report.
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A1 
Starting December 2020, reduce the annual COLA by 1 percentage point.
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A2 
Starting December 2020, reduce the annual COLA by 0.5 percentage point.
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A3 
Starting December 2020, compute the COLA using a chained version of the consumer
price index for wage and salary workers (CPIW). We estimate this new computation
will reduce the annual COLA by about 0.3 percentage point, on average.
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A4 
Starting December 2022, compute the COLA using a chained version of the consumer
price index for wage and salary workers (CPIW). We estimate this new computation
will reduce the annual COLA by about 0.3 percentage point, on average. The new COLA
will not apply to DI benefits. It will apply to OASI benefits, except for those
of formerly disabledworkers who converted to retiredworker status.
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A5 
Starting December 2020, add 1 percentage point to the annual COLA for beneficiaries
who have lived past a "specified age". The "specified age" is the sum of: (1) 65 and
(2) the unisex cohort life expectancy at age 65.
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A6 
Starting December 2021, compute the COLA using the Consumer Price Index for the
Elderly (CPIE). We estimate this new computation will increase the annual COLA
by about 0.2 percentage point, on average.
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A7 
Starting December 2020, reduce the annual COLA by 1 percentage point, but not to
less than zero. In cases where the unreduced COLA is less than 1 percentage point,
do not carry over the unused reduction into future years.
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A8 
Starting December 2020, for OASI beneficiaries only (DI beneficiaries
would only be affected when their benefit converts to OASI at NRA), the
annual COLA would be based on the chainweighted version of the CPIU.
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A9 
For single/headofhousehold/marriedfilingseparate taxpayers with modified
adjusted gross income (MAGI) below $91,500 and for joint filers with MAGI below
$183,000 for December 2021 ($85,000 and $170,000 multiplied by estimated CPIU
for 20192021), use the chainweighted version of the Consumer Price Index for
All Urban Consumers (CCPIU) to calculate the costofliving adjustment (COLA),
beginning with the December 2021 COLA. For those beneficiaries whose MAGI is
above these thresholds, provide no COLA. Use prior tax year income data for
this determination. Index the eligibility income threshold amounts to the CPIU
after December 2021.
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