Trust Fund Reserve Gains One Year for Projected Depletion Date

A person delivers a packet of papers to a second person.By now, you’ve probably heard that this year marks the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act.  In case you didn’t know, this year is also the 75th anniversary of the payment of the first monthly benefits.

And, today, the Social Security Board of Trustees released the 75th annual report to Congress on the financial status of the Social Security trust funds.

As a quick refresher: The Social Security trust funds include the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) fund and the Disability Insurance (DI) fund. Benefits to retired workers and their families, and to families of deceased workers, are paid from the OASI trust fund. Benefits to disabled workers and their families are paid from the DI trust fund.

The report shows that, combined, the funds now have an additional year – from 2033 to 2034 – before their reserves are depleted. The Old Age and Survivors fund alone also gets an extra year from 2034 to 2035.

Some factors that led to this improvement include (1) faster growth in average wages in the future, because of slower growth in employees’ private health insurance cost – due at least in part to provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and (2) improvements in how we project the earnings of American workers by age.

The DI fund is still projected to deplete its reserves late in 2016. After that, the income collected through taxes will be enough to pay only 81 percent of the scheduled benefits. So, an adjustment to maintain full disability benefits is needed soon.

The president has proposed temporarily reallocating more of the total Social Security payroll tax rate to the disability fund to give Congress more time to consider comprehensive changes to the Social Security program as a whole.

The Social Security program is sustainable, but needs some adjustments. To keep the  program solvent after 2034, Congress could choose to increase payroll taxes by about one-third, reduce benefits by about one-fourth, or make some combination of these or other adjustments.

Because of the importance of Social Security to all Americans, we can be confident that Congress will make timely and well-considered adjustments, just as they have whenever needed since 1935.

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113 thoughts on “Trust Fund Reserve Gains One Year for Projected Depletion Date

  1. Thank you Chief Goss for updating Americans about Social Security depletion date. Now, we can decide, among other things, who we want as our next president.

    pr, immigrant and
    Naturalized USA Citizen

  2. Dear Mr. Goss,
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    acknowledge to the american tax payer the role and responsibility that the nations Insurance Origination
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    I have been informed by every attorney that has been involved with my W.C Case since 2007 that I should take the easy way out and apply for S.S.D
    I’ve fired 4 law firms that support putting the financial burden on S.S.D tax payers rather then hold my Insurance carrier financial responsible.
    This practice takes place in all fifty states in this nation ( Daily ) After years of digging into thousands
    of records available to myself and often all general public citizens I very recently obtained proof of inside flaws and very possible corruption with in Medicare and when I challenged medicare recently
    to explain actions pertaining to their approval of a proposal from the second largest Insurance carrier
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    their agency and as of yet the only person to suffer
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    I started out on a mission to help save S.S.A and
    Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars.
    My mistake was of underestimating just how fare up the food chain greed and corruption has spread in this nation.
    My health is now very poor and I may not live long enough to see any group or individual held responsible for their actions against myself or the American people , I have attempted for the past five years to gain support from officials from private and
    government agencies and just in the past three years I have been rejected by more then fifty nation wide law practices , I have stood up to Billion dollar
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    Kip A. H

  3. When will congress replace the monies borrowed from S.S. that started during the Nixon administration. When it was said that S.S. had a surplus.In real life there is never any surplus in a trust account. There will always be a unexpected need for the proceeds , for the intended people in the system. Please try to stop congress from using a portion of the S.S. trust fund to help balance the annual budget, that they never stick to anyway.
    Thank you for this platform, there is little we can do as citizens, and we have to rely on the integrity and ethical backbone of our elected officials. there are so many good folks working in congress that never stand up, never speak out because they are no strong enough. Hope that maybe some day they will.

    • Hi, Joe. Thanks for your comments. Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system. Social Security taxes collected from today’s workers pay the benefits of today’s retirees. Any funds in excess of what is needed to pay today’s benefits are invested in special issue, U.S. Government, interest-bearing securities. This investment – the purchase of U.S. Government securities – is what constitutes the “borrowing” that people are sometimes concerned about. Any funds that have been “borrowed” from the Social Security Trust Funds have always been paid back in full, plus interest. Please check out our Trust Fund Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. We hope this helps.

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