7 New Social Security Rules for 2013

Workers will pay higher taxes and retirees will get bigger benefits.

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Bigger payments. Social Security beneficiaries began receiving payments that were 1.7 percent larger in January 2013. The average monthly Social Security benefit in January increased from $1,240 to $1,261 as a result of the cost-of-living adjustment.