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Category: Social Security
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Experience:  I have 30 years of legal and litigation experience, including representing clients before the U.S. Social Security Administration.
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Paid taxes from my income from age 18 to 71. We did not get

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Paid taxes from my income from age 18 to 71. We did not get an increase this year and our rent goes up every year. I feel this is our money and not the governments.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  LawTalk replied 11 months ago.

Good evening Barbara,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

I agree with you, there should be a cost of living increase every year. However, the federal law does not mandate an increase unless certain criteria are met---and they were not met this past year.

While I'm sure it is not comforting to understand how it is that no COLA was granted for 2016, nevertheless here is a good primer in that reason and how the government determines whether there will be a COLA.

http://www.fool.com/retirement/general/2015/05/31/why-your-social-security-increase-for-2016-will-pr.aspx

I understand that you may be disappointed by the Answer you received, as it was not particularly favorable to your situation. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a successful legal outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so.

If you have additional questions, you may of course reply back to me and I will be happy to continue to assist you further until your questions have been answered to your satisfaction.

Would you please take a moment to positively rate my service to you based on the understanding of the law I provided by clicking on the rating stars---three stars or more. It is that easy. That is the way I am compensated for having helped you.

Thank you in advance. I wish you the best in your future,

Doug