Social Security Wage Base and Other Related Items for 2017

The Social Security Administration announced in an October 19, 2016 news release that the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax in 2017 will rise to $127,200 from the maximum $118,500 that applied for 2016.

The retirement earnings test exemption amounts will also rise in 2017.  For a worker under full retirement age the dollar amount of earnings at which benefits will be reduced is $16,920 ($1,410/month) in 2017 except for the year in which the worker obtains full retirement age for which the reduction will begin at annual earnings of $44,880 ($3,740/month). The 2016 amounts were $15,720 ($1,310/month) and $41,880 ($3,490/month).

The amount of earnings to obtain one quarter of coverage will rise from 2016’s $1,260 to $1,300 in 2017.  A worker may earn a maximum of four quarters of coverage in a single year with earnings of $5,200 in 2017.