Federal Benefits, Taxes, and Voting
Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase for 2014
Monthly Social Security will increase 1.5 percent in 2014. The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2014. Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $117,000 from $113,700. Of the estimated 165 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2014, about 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum.
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola .
Medicare Part B premium and deductible will remain the same in 2014. Most people pay $104.90 each month for Medicare Part B. The Medicare Part B deductible will remain at $147.00 in 2014. Information about Medicare changes for 2014 is available at http://www.medicare.gov/ .
The Consular office in Kazakhstan does not have a representative from the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, IRS, or the DOD Federal Voting Assistance Program, however, we can provide you with information, forms, and assistance on behalf of these and other federal agencies.
Recipients of U.S. federal benefits, such as Social Security or Veterans benefits, may be able receive these benefits in Kazakhstan.
As a U.S. citizen or resident alien, your worldwide income is generally subject to U.S. income tax. The IRS website offers comprehensive information on tax matters. There are also many private resources on the Internet that advertize US tax filing assistance (we assume no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the bellow persons or firms):
- Global Tax Help
- Protax Consulting Services
- Taxes for Expats
- Artio Partners
- United States Expatriates Tax Site
The American Citizen Services Unit can provide you with some IRS forms and publications as well. We cannot, however, offer tax advice.
The American Citizen Services Unit also has information on how to register and apply for absentee ballots for federal and state elections. Keep in mind that you should register every year to vote by absentee ballot. You should register early in the year to allow time for the materials to be sent to you and returned.
The American Citizen Services Unit can place properly packaged, addressed and stamped (with U.S. domestic postage) absentee ballots in the U. S. Government mail system. We cannot sell stamps, weigh items, provide receipts, or put any other items in the U.S. mail system. Be aware that our system can experience delays - allow a month for delivery.
Please make an appointment before you visit the Consular Section.
For more information please visit American Citizens Services Abroad on the U.S. Department of State Travel web site.
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