The Commissioner has determined--
(1) A 4.1 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (the Act), effective for December 2005;
(2) An increase in the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefit amounts under title XVI of the Act for 2006 to $603 for an eligible individual, $904 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $302 for an essential person;
(3) The student earned income exclusion to be $1,460 per month in 2006 but not more than $5,910 in all of 2006;
(4) The dollar fee limit for services performed as a representative payee to be $33 per month ($64 per month in the case of a beneficiary who is disabled and has an alcoholism or drug addiction condition that leaves him or her incapable of managing benefits) in 2006;
(5) The national average wage index for 2004 to be $35,648.55;
(6) The Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) contribution and benefit base to be $94,200 for remuneration paid in 2006 and self-employment income earned in taxable years beginning in 2006;
(7) The monthly exempt amounts under the Social Security retirement earnings test for taxable years ending in calendar year 2006 to be $1,040 and $2,770;
(8) The dollar amounts ("bend points'') used in the primary insurance amount benefit formula for workers who become eligible for benefits, or who die before becoming eligible, in 2006 to be $656 and $3,955;
(9) The dollar amounts ("bend points'') used in the formula for computing maximum family benefits for workers who become eligible for benefits, or who die before becoming eligible, in 2006 to be $838, $1,210, and $1,578;
(10) The amount of taxable earnings a person must have to be credited with a quarter of coverage in 2006 to be $970;
(11) The "old-law'' contribution and benefit base to be $69,900 for 2006;
(12) The monthly amount deemed to constitute substantial gainful activity for statutorily blind individuals in 2006 to be $1,450, and the corresponding amount for non-blind disabled persons to be $860;
(13) The earnings threshold establishing a month as a part of a trial work period to be $620 for 2006; and
(14) Coverage thresholds for 2006 to be $1,500 for domestic workers 
and $1,300 for election workers."

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70 FR 61677-61683 (October 25, 2005)