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Social Security Update: Three Changes To Be Made That You Might Not Like

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One simple strategy to maximize these Social Security benefits in Texas is tapping into spousal or divorce benefits. (PHOTO: iSTOCK)

Today, Social Security pays a monthly pension to millions of elderly people. Without that money, it would also be difficult for many people to cover their expenses. However, for Social Security to continue providing payments as planned, the program’s regulations may need to be altered in the upcoming years. Legislators must solve the Social Security program’s financing issue by changing the way it operates in some way or another. Here are a few possible Social Security modifications to prepare for, some of which may not initially seem so great.

Full Retirement Age-Based Social Security Benefits

When you reach full retirement age (FRA), based on your past earnings, you are eligible to receive your full Social Security payment. FRA is 67 if you are a person who was born in the year 1960 or later. But because the program needs to save money badly, politicians are thinking of moving back FRA to 68 or 69. Now, this would probably take the shape of a gradual change to FRA. Legislators are unlikely to suddenly rule that anyone born in 1960 or later cannot receive their full advantages until later in life. The move would likely only affect younger workers; individuals who are now approaching FRA would probably continue to receive benefits at age 67. However, this is a move that may affect many people’s retirement planning.

Increasing The Social Security Tax Rate

Workers are expected to contribute a portion of their earnings to Social Security. Currently, taxes are levied on 12.4% of the wages up to a particular annual cap. Thankfully, salaried workers’ employers share the 12.4% evenly so they aren’t responsible for paying the entire amount. However, lawmakers can vote to increase the 12.4% Social Security tax rate. That would certainly succeed in gaining the program more substantial money. Naturally, it would also cause workers to lose a larger portion of their pay and put more of a strain on businesses, who would then pass that expense on to customers by raising the price of their goods and services.

New Set Of Standards for Distribution Of Social Security Benefits

Seniors possessing millions of dollars under their names can get a monthly stipend from Social Security because it is not a type of welfare program. But things might alter in the future. Means testing older citizens and reducing or even eliminating payments for people with higher incomes are two other ideas that have been put up to assist in increasing Social Security’s revenue. This is the change that is least likely to occur out of the three that were discussed. Denying affluent pensioners their own Social Security payments would essentially redefine the purpose and scope of the program, and lawmakers are unlikely to want to do that. However, difficult times may need drastic means.

To ensure that Social Security can continue to pay payments in full over the years, certain measures must be taken. And these ideas are not the sole ones that have been put forward. However, they do have the capacity to return to life, & modern workers need to be aware of this. Even though all of these adjustments might not seem ideal, bear in mind that a general drop in Social Security income isn’t great either, so it might be a case of choosing the worse option.

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