$ 1,657 checks are not for everyone
$ 1,657 checks are not for everyone

$ 1,657 checks are not for everyone

This is not a check for all Americans. Retired workers now receive an average of $ 1,657 in monthly social security benefits following an increase in the cost of living.

A title published by The US Sun. has led to confusion among some people about whether the Americans will soon receive another round of direct payments.

The headline says, “Americans receive checks worth $ 1,657 in just FOUR days – and your birthday will determine when you get the money.” Some social media users are wondering if this is true and Google Trends data shows that people are asking if everyone wants to receive checks worth $ 1,657.


Do all Americans receive checks worth $ 1,657?



No, not all Americans receive checks worth $ 1,657.


Checks worth $ 1,657 are for Social Security recipients only, not the general public. The newspaper Sun mentions it later in its story, but not in the misleading headline. The checks themselves are not new either – the recipients just get an increase in the cost of living in the amount they receive in their monthly benefit payments.

Social security provides people with income when they retire or are unable to work due to disability. Those who have retired can start receiving their social security benefits at the age of 62.

On its website, The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for about 70 million Americans would increase by 5.9% by 2022 due to an increase in the cost of living. The cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the majority of social security beneficiaries began in January 2022, and the average payment for all retired workers is now $ 1,657.

Law on social security ties the annual COLA to the rise in the consumer price index, the most widely used target for inflation as determined by US Bureau of Labor Statisticssaid Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), a member of the House Ways and Means Committees subcommittee on social security. in a press release around the increase of 5.9 per cent.

“The COLA protects the benefits against losing their purchasing power over time as the cost of rent, food and other expenses increases,” the press release said. “Medicare premiums – which are deducted from Social Security checks for most beneficiaries – typically consume much of the COLA increase.”

ONE fact sheet from SSA also refers to the $ 1,657 figure quoted in The Sun headline.

The SSA estimates that all retired workers will receive average monthly social security payments of $ 1,657 after the 5.9% increase over $ 1,565 before. For a couple receiving benefits, the average estimated monthly payment jumped from $ 2,599 to $ 2,753.

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The Sun also mentions in its headline that a person’s birthday determines when they get their check. This is not new either.

A timetable that has been in place since 1997 describes when social security beneficiaries will receive their benefit payments based on their birthday, It writes AARP on its website. Previously, all payments went out on the third day of the month, but this was no longer possible as the number of recipients grew.

The payment plan for social security benefits is as follows:

  • Those with birthdays on the 1st through the 10th are paid on the second Wednesday of each month.
  • Those with birthdays on the 11th to the 20th are paid on the third Wednesday of each month.
  • Those with birthdays on the 21st through the 31st are paid on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

These payments are not related to stimulus checks. The federal government previously sent three rounds of stimulus payments for amounts between $ 600 and $ 1,400 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A fourth stimulus check for all Americans is not underway right now. That Internal Revenue Service’s website has only information regarding the first three stimulus checks, with no evidence that a fourth check comes from the federal government. also the Congress has not adopted any legislation for a fourth stimulus check.

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