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Cost of Living Adjustments - January 2018


February 2, 2018

Based on the statutes governing Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for CTRB members, members who retired on or after September 1, 1992, shall be eligible for an annual cost of living allowance calculated by using the cost of living adjustment granted by the Social Security Administration for the applicable year and the investment performance of the retirement fund for the preceding fiscal year. If the investment performance of the retirement fund is less than 8.5%, the cost of living adjustment will be capped at 1.5%.

Social Security has announced that they will be granting a cost of living increase of 2.0% for the year 2018. Members who retired on or after September 1, 1992 will receive a COLA increase of 2.0% in 2018.

Members who retired prior to September, 1992 and who receive their annual cost of living adjustment in January (not July) will receive an increase of 3% based on the National Consumer Price Index for the twelve month period ending on November 30, 2017.

The COLA will increase a member's taxable income. Members may change their federal withholding tax by submitting a Federal Tax Withholding Change Form. Members may change their state withholding tax by submitting a Connecticut Withholding Change Form.

For members who chose the extra annuity option for their Supplemental and/or Voluntary Account balance at retirement, the COLA does not apply to the annuity portion of the retirement benefit.

A history of the Cost of Living Adjustments Granted From 1978 is available on the Statistics and Research page of the TRB website.

Refer to the Cost of Living Adjustments Bulletin for further information on this topic.

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