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October 9, 2020

Retirement accounts provide at best a modest supplement to Social Security, new Federal Reserve data show. A minority of mostly wealthy Americans have saved very large amounts — many times what middle- and low-income Americans have, if they own accounts at all — making Social Security...

Affluent Americans Are Much Likelier to Own Large Retirement Accounts
August 20, 2020

People who seek Social Security disability benefits face many financial, social, and health challenges, a recent study confirms, rebutting any notion that applicants who are denied benefits can shrug it off and return to work. As we mark the...

People Seeking Social Security Disability Benefits Are Older, Poorer, Sicker Than Rest of Population
June 23, 2020

The next COVID-19 relief bill should fix an unintended benefit “notch” under which, due to the pandemic and resulting recession, Social Security benefits will be significantly lower for workers who turn 60 this year and will be eligible for early retirement benefits in 2022. Those becoming eligible for disability or young survivors benefits in 2022 will also see lower benefits.


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June 11, 2020

As policymakers turn to 2021 appropriations to fund the government, they should ensure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has enough funds to meet daunting workloads that have become even more challenging during the COVID-19 crisis. While SSA received...

SSA Needs More Funding to Support Essential Services
April 2, 2020

April 3, 2020: We’ve updated this post.

It’s welcome news that Treasury and the IRS will use the authority that Congress gave them to automatically provide stimulus payments to Social Security and railroad retirement beneficiaries who do not usually file a tax return, instead of making them file one. It’s imperative that they do the same for some 3 million very low-income...

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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

March 31, 2020

The Secretary of the Treasury and IRS Commissioner should make a clear public statement that seniors and people with disabilities who receive Social Security won’t have to file a tax return to receive their stimulus rebate.

An IRS newsletter released March 30 suggests that Social...

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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

February 13, 2020

President Trump’s 2021 budget would make it harder for millions of people with disabilities to afford such basics as food, housing, and health care by cutting tens of billions of dollars from disability programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and...

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February 12, 2020

Older Americans are among the many groups that President Trump’s proposed 2021 budget would seriously harm. While running for president, Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, which serve tens of millions of seniors — and he made a similar...

Older people reviewing documents
January 8, 2020

Applications and benefit awards for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) fell again in 2019, new data show, adding to the significant declines since 2010 (see graph). Total SSDI enrollment also has...

Disability Insurance Applications and Awards Have Fallen Significantly Since 2010 Peak
December 5, 2019

A bipartisan bill from Reps. John Larson and Vern Buchanan and Senators Ron Wyden and Bill Cassidy would clarify that the Social Security Administration (SSA) must mail statements to almost all workers. Though the law already...

Social Security Mailings Have Fallen Dramatically in Number