Don’t Lose This COLA Letter You Received in the Mail     – CNET

Don’t Lose This COLA Letter You Received in the Mail – CNET

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Social Security beneficiaries should not overlook this letter they received in December. The Social Security Administration sent out important letters throughout the month that concern beneficiaries’ cost of living adjustment coming in January. The letter tells recipients how that adjustment will impact their benefit amount. If you received it and don’t know what to do with it, you shouldn’t throw it out and try not to lose it. You may need it for a number of reasons, including proof of benefit amount when applying for loans or energy assistance. So keep that letter in a safe place.

The letter notifies beneficiaries of their new 2023 benefit amount, according to the SSA, which will increase by 8.7% in January. Those who receive Supplemental Security Income will get their first COLA payment in December. About 65 million Americans will see this check increase in 2023, the SSA said. 

If your COLA payment is more or less than you expected, you can make an appeal to the Social Security Administration and your COLA letter or COLA e-letter will act as a sort of proof of payment. For more details about your Social Security benefits, check out when you can expect your Social Security check to arrive in December and this cheat sheet for understanding your benefits.

When will I receive my COLA letter?

The Social Security Administration told CNET that it’s sending out letters in the mail throughout the month of December. That means your notice could already be on the way or may have already arrived. We recommend checking your mailbox daily until it arrives.

If you haven’t received it yet, don’t contact the Social Security office. The SSA recommends you wait until January before contacting it about the notice. 

Can I just access my new benefits amount online?

It depends. If you already had an online my Social Security account by Nov. 15, you should be able to access your statement in the Messages Center. Otherwise, you’ll need to wait on the letter to arrive.

To learn more about Social Security, here’s a 2022 cheat sheet, when you can expect your COLA check to arrive and an explanation for why the COLA is higher in 2023

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Nina Raemont

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