Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase for 2014
Monthly Social Security will increase 1.5 percent in 2014. The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2014. Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $117,000 from $113,700. Of the estimated 165 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2014, about 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum.
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola
Medicare Part B premium and deductible will remain the same in 2014. Most people pay $104.90 each month for Medicare Part B. The Medicare Part B deductible will remain at $147.00 in 2014. Information about Medicare changes for 2014 is available at www.Medicare.gov.
The Federal Benefits Unit in Zagreb closed permanently on October 8, 2011.
The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia , no longer has access to the Social Security Administration computer system. Primary responsibility for adjudication of Federal Benefits Claims and many other services that were formerly covered by the section have been transferred to the Regional Federal Benefits Unit in Napels, Italy. They can be contacted at: FBU.Naples@ssa.gov
Applicants and beneficiaries residing in CROATIA can be assisted by the American Citizen Services section in Zagreb in obtaining information about Social Security and other agencies. For all other countries, please contact the American Citizen Services section at your local American embassy.
For Croatian residents, please contact us for information requests related to Federal Benefits at the following:
Phone: 01-661-2345 or 01-661-2272 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon)
U.S. Embassy Zagreb
c/o ACS section
Thomasa Jeffersona 2
Answers to questions can also be found at the following U.S. government agency websites:
- Social Security Administration
- Veterans' Administration
- Railroad Retirement Board
- U.S. Department of Labor
- Office of Personnel Management
- Medicare - The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare
These sites are designed primarily for use within the United States. The SSA and VA sites have special pages devoted to beneficiaries living overseas.
- Please click here to make your online appointment for notarial, passport and other American Citizen Services.
BENEFITS DIRECT DEPOSIT
Please take a moment to read importan information about mandatory direct deposit for Federal Benefits. Please click here (PDF 205KB) to open a file with detailed information including a Direct Deposit Sign-Up form.
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