Two-thirds of near retirees fear Social Security shortfalls
A new study by Nationwide of U.S. adults age 50+ found that 66% of workers planning to retire in the next 10 years say they are worried that Social Security won’t have the funding to pay their promised benefits. The Social Security system is solvent through 2035, as past surpluses (reserves) will be tapped to keep benefits from being cut. But cuts of over 20% will occur for all after that time, as the program will only be able to pay benefits consistent with its income, mainly from payroll taxes. Of course, Congress could act to shore up the system before 2035 with new taxes, age changes, or benefit reductions for some. This article notes several steps near retirees can take now to prepare. Read more here.
The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) believes Social Security must be preserved and modernized. This can be achieved by making modest changes in cost of living adjustments and the retirement age, with no additional taxes on workers. AMAC advocates for a bipartisan compromise, “The Social Security Guarantee Act,” taking selected portions of bills introduced by former Rep. Johnson (R-TX) and Rep. Larson (D-CT) and merging them with the Association’s own well researched ideas. One component is Social Security PLUS, a new yet voluntary early retirement plan that would allow all earners to have more income available at retirement. This component is intended to appeal especially to younger workers. AMAC is resolute in its mission that Social Security be preserved and modernized and has gotten the attention of lawmakers in DC, meeting with a great many congressional offices and their legislative staffs over the past several years. Read AMAC’s plan here.