81 thoughts on “Is Someone You Know Wondering “Who” FICA Is?

  1. Well I am disappointed with fica and the way it works. When I started working in 1980 the minume wage was $1.25 an hour. I worked my whole life and supported my children and now that the economy crashed my social security check it enough to live on when the economy crashed I received unemployment for a while I tried to work where I could work but my statement from Social Security if I was to retire back in 2001 I would have received 1200 and some a month plus benefits for my kids but now the economy crash I get $863 a month that’s almost the same that’s what somebody that that lived on welfare their whole life makes from Social Security I truly believe I should be getting more money but I don’t have an attorney to go back and make sure I’m making the right amount so shameful that the United States don’t think more of me then they do I raise my children I worked I get everything all by myself I should get disability payments for raising my children without raising them on welfare

    • Hi Amy. A Social Security retirement benefit is calculated by using your highest 35 years of earnings. If you do not have 35 years of earnings, we will use all of the earnings on your record and factor in an annual total of $0.00 earnings for each of the remaining years.

      All monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits.)

  2. I am a federal retiree. After I retired under CSRS I worked as a contractor and paid into SS. When I fully retired I received SS, reduced substantially by law. In the 2019 2.8% cost of living increase there was no increase in my SS payments. They were $468/month in 2018 and remained $468/month in the SSA mailing for 2019. Did I get no cost of living increase? The 2.8% should have raised the monthly check to $481. Please explain. Thanks.

    • Hello Dean. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  3. Thank you for the information I have read was very important to me. Out of all the years I did not know what FICA meant. Understanding these acronyms is very important. Social Security does a lot. I’m glad I contribute to FICA. Helping others is good. This pleases God Almighty.

  4. My husband and I worked from the age of 14. At 21 I found my job at a clinic and for 5 years I paid F.I.C.A. NOW I’m a widow and i get no spousal benefits…….neither does our ONLY CHILD!!! Also, shouldn’t those 5 years of FICA be taken into consideration? As it stands now, looks normal for a hardworking man who dies and they deny his family benefits. Then for me, I paid 5 yrs of FICA and it displays 00000 for five years. Just said it’s like I didn’t pay anything.

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