February 8, 2016

Social Security's actuary finds Sanders' plan would extend program for 40 years

Nation of Change - A new report determined that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ legislation to strengthen Social Security would extend the life of the program by an additional 40 years, from 2034 to 2074. Instead of allowing the wealthy to continue manipulating tax laws, Sanders intends to remove the tax cap for the rich while fighting to keep Social Security alive.

Last year, Sanders introduced the Social Security Expansion Act to extend the solvency of the program and ensure that the wealthy begin paying their fair share. Under current law, the amount of income subject to the payroll tax is capped at $118,500. That means millionaires and billionaires pay the same amount in payroll taxes as people making $118,500 a year. Sanders’ bill would subject all income over $250,000 to the payroll tax. According to the Center for Economic Policy, only the top 1.5 percent of wage earners would be impacted.

The Social Security’s Office of the Chief Actuary found that Sanders’ legislation would extend the solvency of the program from the current estimate of 2034 to 2074. The increase in Social Security benefits would provide an additional $1,300 a year to seniors with less than $16,000 in income. Sanders’ bill would also increase the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients while fighting to significantly reduce the senior poverty rate.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've long supported removing the payroll tax caps from Social Security to increase solvency, but I really don't understand why there is a proposed cap on SS taxes for income between $118,500 and $250,000. If anyone should be relieved from paying SS it should be people with low incomes, like making less then 200% of the poverty level, not people who are comfortable to somewhat affluent. I know that would relieve a large minority of the US populace from paying, but this would become a call to improve wages, and the relief would go to those who need it most.