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Social Security Needs More Funds: Here’s Why and How to Cope

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390742 06: A protester demonstrates against a Bush administration plan to add private investment accounts to Social Security, June 18, 2001 in New York City moments after U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O''Neill addressed a luncheon given by the Coalition for American Financial Security. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Social Security Program, the county’s most extensive retirement program, will run out of money, by more than $20 trillion, by 2096. But unfortunately, several reports said the poor financial health of the program is frequently and incorrectly attributed to immigrants.

Illegal immigration is still a contentious topic in the United States, with most of the attention focused on lowering the number of people entering the country illegally.

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PHILADELPHIA – FEBRUARY 11: Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility February 11, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As U.S. President George W. Bush travels the country to stump for his plan to change the Social Security system, opposition continues from some members of Congress and senior citizen groups concerned that the proposal would erode guarantees to the federal retirement program. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Social Security Running Out of $20 Trillion Funds

The Social Security Board of Trustees Report has predicted a long-term financial gap for the last 38 years. Accordingly, the current payment schedule, which includes yearly cost-of-living increases, cannot be maintained over the next 75 years. The Motley Fool, citing a Trustees Report for 2022, noted a $20.4 trillion financial shortage by 2096.

GoBankingRates, which also cited data from the United Nations, mentioned that the net migration rate to the United States has decreased annually since 1998 and has decreased overall by 57 percent since then.

This tendency has resulted in a decline in young, legal immigrants who have contributed for decades through payroll taxes to Social Security. It could not have happened at a worse moment for the program.

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But a recent report from the impartial Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund of the Social Security Administration that aids in funding retirement payments, mentioned that the money would run out of money by the year 2033. 

When that occurs, you may anticipate a significant decrease in your monthly Social Security benefits—up to 23 percent, based on some estimates.

The reports also mentioned that a rise in Social Security’s financial shortfall is “all but a certainty” if net migration into the country stays the same or decreases even further.

Unfortunately, those immigrants who contribute to Social Security become are ineligible for the program’s additional benefits, such as long-term disability and survivor insurance protection. 

Analysts said the end effect is a net gain for Social Security, which the agency could use now.

What to Do To Increase Benefits?

Since Social Security payments will probably lose their budget a few years from now, it is crucial to learn how to boost your benefits. Here are a few strategies to temporarily improve your benefits for now, as shared by NerdWallet.

Suspend Your Application

Once you reach full retirement age, you can suspend your benefit if you enrolled in Social Security early and later realized it was a mistake. This will enable your benefit to accumulate the delayed retirement credit, which raises the amount you receive by 8% every year you postpone retiring until age 70. At that point, your benefit is maximized. The advantages you have obtained are not subject to repayment. 

However, if you stop getting benefits, anybody else who receives payments based on your employment histories, such as your spouse or minor children, would also stop receiving benefits. The anticipated rise in your benefit could not offset the loss of benefits for your dependents.

Delay Your Application

Between the earliest claiming age of 62 and your full retirement age, which is now 66 and 2 months and will rise to 67 for persons born in 1960 and later, your Social Security retirement payments grow by around 5% to 7% annually. 

Your return will rise if you can hold off until after reaching full retirement age. When you wait until age 70, when your benefit is at its maximum, you’ll accrue delayed retirement credits, which increase your check by 8% each year.

Earn More

Maximizing your wages for as many years as possible is another way to boost your Social Security benefit in the future. In 2023, earning $160,200 or more qualifies as “maxing out,” the income level over which the 6.2% Social Security payroll tax is applicable. 

You will be eligible for the maximum Social Security payment at full retirement age if you max out in all 35 of your highest-earning years. In 2023, that will be $3,627 per month. 

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