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October 22, 2014

Tip of the Week: Social Security Administration Announces 2015 Increases

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The Social Security Administration announced today that the Maximum Taxable Earnings or Social Security Wage Base would increase from $117,000 in 2014 to $118,500 in 2015.

Social Security Increases Based on CPI Change

Since there was a 1.7% increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2013 to the third quarter of 2014, the Social Security Administration announced a 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment for 2014. This compares to a 1.5% increase in 2014. The wage base increase is based on an increase in the national average wage index. Wages are taxed at 6.2%, so the maximum tax to be paid by each employee at that rate would be $7,347.00. About 6% of workers who pay Social Security Tax are expected to reach the maximum in 2015.

Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amounts Increase for 2015

For workers under full retirement age who are receiving Social Security benefits, $1 in benefits is withheld for every $2 above the Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amount of $15,480 per year or $1,290 per month in 2014. This will increase to $15,720 per year or $1,310 per month for 2015. The year an individual reaches full retirement age, $1 in benefits is withheld for every $3 above the Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amount of $41,400 per year or $3,450 per month in 2014. This will increase to $41,880 per year or $3,490 per month for 2015. The month an individual reaches full retirement age there is no limit on earnings.

Quarter of Coverage Amounts Increases to $1,160

Also increasing for 2015 is that amount needed to earn a Social Security credit, formerly known as a quarter of coverage. In 2014, a credit is earned for every $1,200 of earnings, up to a maximum of four credits. That amount will increase to $1,220 for 2015.

Social Security Monthly Benefits to Increase in January 2014

The maximum benefit for a worker retiring at full retirement age is also increasing from $2,642 to $2,663. See the table below for other changes in Social Security benefits for 2015.

2015 Social Security Benefits

20142015
Maximum Benefit:
Worker Retiring at Full Retirement Age$2,642 per month$2,663 per month
SSI Federal Payment Standard:
Individual$721 per month$733 per month
Couple$1,082 per month$1,100 per month
SSI Resources Limit:
Individual$2,000$2,000
Couple$3,000$3,000
SSI Student Exclusion:
Monthly Limit$1,750$1,780
Annual Limit$7,060$7,180

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Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Social Security changes for 2015 or get further information at Important Facts and Figures.

April 23, 2014

Tip of the Week: IRS Releases 2015 Inflation Adjustments for Health Savings Accounts

IRS Releases 2015 Inflation Adjustments for Health Savings Accounts

IRS Releases 2015 Inflation Adjustments for Health Savings Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service recently released Rev. Proc. 2014-30 which contained the 2015 inflation adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts or HSAs.

Deductions Limitation Set to Increase

The annual limitation on deductions will increase from $3,300 in 2014 to $3,350 in 2015 for those with self-only coverage. Those with family coverage will have the deduction limitation increase from $6,550 to $6,650.

High-Deductible Health Plan Minimum Deductibles to Increase

The minimum deductibles of a high deductible health plan will increase from a minimum deductible of $1,250 in 2014 to $1,300 in 2015 for self-only coverage, and from $2,500 in 2014 to $2,600 in 2015 for family coverage.

Annual Out-of-Pocket Limitation to Increase

The annual out-of-pocket limitation for 2015 will also increase from $6,350 in 2014 to $6,450 for those with self-only coverage; the out-of-pocket limitation for family coverage will increase from $12,700 in 2014 to $12,900 in 2015.

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Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the updated 2015 inflation adjusted amounts for HSAs in Rev. Proc. 2014-30 or visit our Important Facts and Figures page for further information.

March 15, 2010

South Dakota Increases Taxable Wage Base Through 2015

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South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds recently signed SB 186, which increases the taxable wage base from $10,000 in 2010, to $11,000 in 2011, $12,000 in 2012, $13,000 in 2013, $14,000 in 2014, and $15,000 in 2015. The surcharge was reduced from 1.5% to 1.0% in 2010 and to 0.75% in 2011. The maximum rate for 2010 was increased, however, from 8.5% to 9.5%. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the South Dakota unemployment tax law changes.

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