In 1981, Reagan ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA) to tighten up enforcement of the Disability Amendments Act of 1980, which resulted in more than a million disability beneficiaries having their benefits stopped.
In this more than ten-minute recording, Reagan "criticized Social Security for supplanting private savings and warned that subsidized medicine would curtail Americans' freedom" and that "pretty soon your son won't decide when he's in school, where he will go or what he will do for a living.
The law made other changes in Social Security, Medicare and Supplemental Security Income. For instance, it provided for an increase in SSI benefit rates beginning with July 1983 by $20 for an individual and $30 for a couple. Future automatic SSI cost-of-living increases will be made in January.
Beginning in 1984, a portion of Social Security benefits have been subject to federal income taxes.
However once you are at full retirement age (between 65 and 67 years old, depending on your year of birth) your Social Security payments can no longer be withheld if, when combined with your other forms of income, they exceed the maximum threshold.
The total amount borrowed was $17.5 billion.
“For decades, seniors have paid into Social Security with their tax dollars. Now, when many seniors are on a fixed income and struggling financially, they are being double-taxed because of income taxes on their Social Security benefits,” said Rep. Webster.
As of June 2015, the intragovernmental debt was $5.1 trillion of the $18.2 trillion national debt. According to the Social Security Trustees, who oversee the program and report on its financial condition, program costs are expected to exceed non-interest income from 2010 onward.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) says the notion is a myth and misinformation. "There has never been any change in the way the Social Security program is financed or the way that Social Security payroll taxes are used by the federal government," the agency said.
Myth #5: The government raids Social Security to pay for other programs. The facts: The two trust funds that pay out Social Security benefits — one for retirees and their survivors, the other for people with disabilities — have never been part of the federal government's general fund.
As a result, the Social Security Administration has been dipping into its trust funds to make up the difference. However, those funds are expected to be depleted by 2034. At that point, there will only be enough cash to cover around 77% of projected benefits. In other words, benefits could be cut by up to 23% by 2034.
The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire. For example, if you retire at full retirement age in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $3,345. However, if you retire at age 62 in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $2,364. If you retire at age 70 in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $4,194.
Alaska, Nevada, Washington, and Wyoming don't have state income taxes at all, and Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, and Oregon have special provisions exempting Social Security benefits from state taxation.
Yes, Social Security is taxed federally after the age of 70. If you get a Social Security check, it will always be part of your taxable income, regardless of your age. There is some variation at the state level, though, so make sure to check the laws for the state where you live.
Social Security Benefits
You will receive the money you pay into the program if you meet the minimum age and immigration status requirements. For this reason, having a savings account does not influence your ability to access Social Security.
The only people who can legally collect benefits without paying into Social Security are family members of workers who have done so. Nonworking spouses, ex-spouses, offspring or parents may be eligible for spousal, survivor or children's benefits based on the qualifying worker's earnings record.
That adds up to $2,096.48 as a monthly benefit if you retire at full retirement age. Put another way, Social Security will replace about 42% of your past $60,000 salary. That's a lot better than the roughly 26% figure for those making $120,000 per year.
In 2022, this limit on your earnings is $51,960.
We only count your earnings up to the month before you reach your full retirement age, not your earnings for the entire year.
Some people who get Social Security must pay federal income taxes on their benefits. However, no one pays taxes on more than 85% percent of their Social Security benefits. You must pay taxes on your benefits if you file a federal tax return as an “individual” and your “combined income” exceeds $25,000.
The first full special minimum PIA in 1973 was $170 per month. Beginning in 1979, its value has increased with price growth and is $886 per month in 2020.
According to the 2022 annual report of the Social Security Board of Trustees, the surplus in the trust funds that disburse retirement, disability and other Social Security benefits will be depleted by 2035. That's one year later than the trustees projected in their 2021 report.
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9 percent in 2022. Read more about the Social Security Cost-of-Living adjustment for 2022. The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $147,000.