Major financial changes for 2022 are here

2022 has started, and with that comes a number of financial changes that may have a direct impact on many people’s lives.

Social Security is increasing as well as minimum wage, but there are numerous other changes happening as well.

As the year begins, people should be aware of all the changes and arrange their budgets accordingly.


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Here are ten major financial changes happening in 2022

Stimulus

First, the final batch of California’s Golden State Stimulus II checks are going out.

The last group started going out Dec. 27 and will continue until Jan. 11, 2022.

In order to qualify you must be a California resident who made under $75,000 and filed your taxes by Oct. 15.

Talks of a third round are happening thanks to a surplus fund of $31 billion, but nothing has been announced.

The child tax credit payments ended in 2021, so Jan. 2022 will be the first month without them in 6 months.

Some families were making as much as $300 per child.

Households can claim the second half of the credit, worth up to $1,800, on their tax return in 2022.


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Social Security

The 5.9% increase for Social Security recipients begins this month, which will bump the average check up by around $92.

Couples will see an average increase of $154 per month.

Anyone planning to see an increase should have been notified by letter in Dec.

This 5.9% increase applies to anyone collecting SSDI as well.

They will see an average monthly increase of $76.

Earnings limits will rise for those who work while collecting Social Security benefits.


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In 2021 the most a person could earn before full retirement age was $18,960 before money was withheld.

In 2022 that number will be $19,560.

For full retirement aged people, that limit will go from $50,520 to $51,960.

The credit earning threshold will rise.

Anyone retiring who was born after 1929 must earn 40 credits to be eligible.

You can earn four per year.

In 2021 a credit was worth $1,470, but in 2022 it will be worth $1,510.

Workers who make higher wages will need to pay more in Social Security tax on their earnings this year.

Last year the first $142,800 someone made was taxed, but this year it will be the first $147,000 someone makes.


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Taxes, Medicare, and minimum wage

Due to inflation, the federal tax rates have been adjusted by the IRS.

The standard deduction for couples will be $25,900 in 2022 which is an $800 rise.

Single filers will see it rise from $12,550 to $12,950.

Premiums for Medicare have risen, impacting millions of Americans.

Medicare Part B rose 14.5%, with the deductible going from $203 to $233.

Medicare Part A’s deductible rose by $72.

Finally, the minimum wage is risen in multiple states despite the federal minimum wage remaining at $7.25 per hour.