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AARP Public Policy Institute and the Future of Social Security

Earnings inequality accounts for a considerable portion of Social Security’s fiscal challenges. If 90 percent of earnings had been subject to Social Security payroll taxes since 1983:

  1. the system’s long-term financing gap would be 25 percent lower today and,
  2. the life of the combined trust funds would last an additional four years above current Social Security projections.

Learn more in our latest report, How Does Earnings Inequality Affect Social Security Financing?


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The AARP Public Policy Institute examines demographic and economic trends that affect the solvency of the Social Security program and the adequacy of benefits. Millions of Americans rely on this vital program for their financial well-being today and millions more will rely on it in the years ahead.

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