Raising Taxes to Rescue Social Security? - AMAC & The Motley Fool
It’s mentioned a lot by pundits and Democrat politicians– raise payroll taxes to fix Social Security’s ill financial health. Maurie Backman explains the program’s troubles (insolvency hits around 2033-34) followed by various tax raising proposals. One is to increase the payroll earnings cap, and another is to raise payroll taxes on everyone. The latter would yield more revenue, but it is expected to be very unpopular with people. Full piece here.
As an example of the leading thoughts on reforming Social Security, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC, Inc.) believes Social Security must be preserved and modernized. This can be achieved without tax increases by slight modifications to cost of living adjustments and payments to high income beneficiaries plus gradually increasing the full (but not early) retirement age. AMAC Action, AMAC’s advocacy arm, supports an increase in the threshold where benefits are taxed and then indexing for inflation, and calls for eliminating the reduction in people’s benefits for those choosing to work before full retirement age. AMAC is resolute in its mission that Social Security be preserved for current and successive generations and has gotten the attention of lawmakers in D.C., meeting with many congressional offices and staff over the past decade.