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Rounding of Benefit Rates

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

738. Rounding of Benefit Rates

738.1 Are benefit rates rounded?

Yes. Benefit rates must be rounded.

738.2 How are benefit rates rounded?

Calculations that are not a multiple of 10 cents are rounded to the next lower multiple of 10 cents. For example, $100.18 is rounded down to $100.10.

The monthly amount payable is rounded to the next lower multiple of $1 if it is not already a multiple of $1. For example, $100.70 is rounded down to $100.

If you are entitled to Medicare, the Part B premium is deducted before rounding the monthly benefit payable to the lower multiple of $1.

Last Revised: Oct. 31, 2003


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