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Matthew Breecher
Matthew Breecher, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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Usually there was an increase in the social security payment

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Usually there was an increase in the social security payment according with living expenses or else, and I had noted that this year is has como lower. The reason for that please and thanks. JA: The Retirement Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best. Customer: Hi Pearl my social security is ************* and the one for my wife is ************** I noticed that instead of increasing it has decresesd. JA: Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know? Customer: No I just was puzzeld because of the decrese

Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Matthew Breecher replied 4 months ago.

The issue is that your Medicare Part B premium is automatically deducted from any Social Security benefit you receive. And, with the current COLA at the lowest in years, compared to a somewhat large Medicare Part B increase, your take-home income from Social Security is decreased. You should be able to obtain your SS benefit statement online. Have you setup an online account to retrieve this information?

Expert:  Matthew Breecher replied 4 months ago.

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