You may have heard that a looming Social Security shortfall is threatening to affect future benefits. If you’re retired or close to retiring, then you probably have nothing to worry about — your Social Security benefits will likely be paid to you in the amount you’ve planned on.
But what if your retirement is still many years away?
This Week, Craig Siminski, of CMS Retirement Income Planning, LLC, has highlights some details you will want to consider:
How It Works
Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system, with today’s workers paying the benefits for today’s retirees. The first $132,900 (in 2019) of an individual’s annual wages is subject to the Social Security payroll tax, with half paid by the employee and half by the employer (self-employed individuals pay all of it). Payroll taxes collected are put into the Social Security trust funds and invested in securities guaranteed by the federal government. The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) trust fund is then used to pay current benefits.
Demographic changes are causing structural financial challenges for Social Security — namely, life expectancy is increasing and the birth rate is decreasing. Over time, fewer workers will…
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Craig Siminski is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, with more than 21 years of experience. His goal is to provide families, business owners, and their employees with assistance in building their financial freedom.
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