Social Security 2022 benefits payment schedule – when to expect your checks

The Social Security Administration released its schedule of payments for 2022. Here's when you can expect your benefits, and what to do if you are struggling with expenses. (iStock)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently released its 2022 calendar, showing when recipients can expect to receive their benefit payments in the coming year. 

The benefits will be paid out on a different day of the month based on the beneficiaries’ birthdays. 

Any birthdays that fall between the first and the 10th will be paid on the second Wednesday of each month. Those born between the 11th and 20th will be paid on the third Wednesday of the month. And those born between the 21st and 31st will be paid on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

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Exceptions to benefit payment schedule

As 2022 nears and beneficiaries await their first payment of the new year, the SSA noted there are several exceptions to the new schedule. For example, payments are sent on the third of each month when: 

  • You first filed for benefits before May 1997
  • You are receiving a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security payments
  • The state pays for your Medicare premiums
  • You live in a foreign country

For those who receive SSI benefits but do not get Social Security payments, their scheduled payment date will be on the first of each month.

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Social Security benefits to increase in 2022

Social Security benefits are set to increase next year by their highest rate in about 40 years, rising 5.9% from 2021 due to this year’s cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). SSI beneficiaries will begin getting the increased checks at the end of December or in January 2022. The COLA is determined using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation measurement tool from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

For comparison, Social Security increased payments by 1.3% for 2021. In fact, 2022’s increase will be the highest since a 7.4% boost in 1982.

However, questions have already been raised as to whether 2022’s increase will be enough. The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed inflation jumped 6.2% annually in October, leading experts to question whether seniors can meet basic expenses in the year ahead.

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