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Recomputation of the PIA
721.1 Can the PIA be recomputed?
Your PIA may be recomputed (and increased) one or more times after the first computation. The first computation is made at the time you become entitled to retirement or disability insurance benefits. There is no need for a beneficiary to take any special action to have the benefit recomputed. There are two types of recomputations: automatic and railroad.
721.2 What is an "automatic recomputation?"
The automatic recomputation (see §722) gives you credit for any substantial additional covered earnings in the year you first became entitled to benefits or in a later year. A recomputation to include a particular year's earnings is effective in January following the year in which the earnings were paid. For example, a benefit increase resulting from an automatic recomputation to include 1992 earnings will first be paid for January 1993.
721.3 What is a "railroad computation?"
The railroad recomputation increases survivor benefits by including railroad earnings that could not be used in figuring the Social Security benefit(s) when the worker was alive.
Last Revised: Sep. 22, 2003
- The Automatic Recomputation
- What are base years?
- When is the usual computation formula used?
- Reduction of Benefit Rate
- How Excess Earnings are Charged Against Benefits
- Figuring the PIA Under the 1990 Consolidated Methods
- Figuring the AME Under the Simplified Old-Start Formula
- Entitlement to More Than One Social Security Benefit at the Same Time
- Total Earnings for Earnings Test Purposes
- When are you NOT charged for excess earnings?
- Earnings as Basis for Benefits
- The Earnings Test
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