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Social Security Reform
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Social Security: The Cost-of-Living Adjustment in January 2005
This report discusses how the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits are determined. The 2.7% COLA payable in January 2005 was triggered by the rise in the CPI-W (Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers) from the third quarter of 2003 to the third quarter of 2004. This COLA triggers identical percentage increases in Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veterans' pensions, and railroad retirement benefits, and causes other changes in the Social Security program.
Social Security Benefits for Noncitizens: Current Policy and Legislation
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Social Security: The Public Servant Retirement Protection Act (H.R. 4391/S. 2455)
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Social Security: The Government Pension Offset (GPO)
This report discusses the social security benefits and the spousal benefits of individuals who are not financially dependent on their spouses because they receive benefits based on their own work records.
Retirement Savings and Household Wealth: A Summary of Recent Data
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The Financial Outlook for Social Security and Medicare
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Social Security Reform
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Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base
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Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet
Financing for social security -- Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance -- and the Hospital Insurance part of Medicare is provided primarily by taxes levied on wages and net self-employment income. Financing for the Supplementary Medical Insurance portion of Medicare is provided by premiums from enrollees and payments from the government. This report describes these taxes and premiums.
Social Security: The Government Pension Offset
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Social Security: The Windfall Benefit Provision
This report discusses the windfall elimination provision, which reduces the Social Security benefits of workers who also have pension benefits from employment not covered by Social Security. Its purpose is to remove an advantage these workers would otherwise receive because of Social Security's benefit formula that favors workers with smaller amounts of Social Security-covered career earnings. Opponents contend that the provision is basically inaccurate and often unfair. In both the 107th and 108th Congresses, five bills have been introduced that would modify or repeal the provision.
The Social Security Protection Act of 2003 (H.R. 743)
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Social Security Reform
This report provides background and analysis on social security reform. The report discusses the most recent development, the basis for the debate, specific areas of contention and reform initiatives.
The Social Security Protection Act of 2003 (H.R. 743)
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Social Security Reform
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Social Security Reform
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Social Security: Taxation of Benefits
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Social Security: Where Do Surplus Taxes Go and How Are They Used?
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Social Security Notch Issue: A Summary
This report discusses recent attempts at legislative action regarding changes to the computation of benefits under Social Security Amendments of 1977 (P.L. 95-216), which directly affected retirees born in the 5- to 15-year period after 1916. These persons fall in the "notch" between previous Social Security legislation and those affected by the amendments.
Social Security: Taxation of Benefits
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Social Security Reform
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Social Security Reform: Effect on Benefits and the Federal Budget of Plans Proposed by the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security
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Social Security: Proposed Changes to the Earnings Test
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Social Security Reform
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Social Security: Taxation of Benefits
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Social Security, Saving, and the Economy
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Social Security Reform
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The Financial Outlook for Social Security and Medicare
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Social Security Reform
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The Social Security Protection Act of 2003 (H.R. 743)
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Social Security: Brief Facts and Statistics
This report provides brief facts and statistics about Social Security that are frequently requested by Members of Congress and their staffs. It includes information about Social Security taxes and benefits, the program's impact on recipients' incomes, federal tax receipts, federal spending and the economy, administrative information, and selected facts about Medicare.
Social Security Reform
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Social Security Notch Issue: A Summary
This report discusses recent attempts at legislative action regarding changes to the computation of benefits under Social Security Amendments of 1977 (P.L. 95-216), which directly affected retirees born in the 5- to 15-year period after 1916. These persons fall in the "notch" between previous Social Security legislation and those affected by the amendments.
Social Security: Proposed Changes to the Earnings Test
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Social Security: The Government Pension Offset
This report discusses the Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision, which reduces Social Security benefits that a person receives as a spouse if he or she also has a government pension based on work that was not covered by Social Security. Its purpose is to replicate Social Security’s “dual entitlement” rule, which requires that a Social Security benefit earned as a worker be subtracted from any Social Security spousal benefit to which the worker is eligible. Its intent is to remove an advantage these workers would otherwise receive if they could receive both a government pension and full Social Security spousal benefits. Opponents contend that the provision is basically inaccurate and often unfair. Five bills have been introduced in the 108th Congress that would modify or repeal the provision.
Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base
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Social Security Reform
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Social Security: Proposed Changes to the Earnings Test
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Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet
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Retirement Savings and Household Wealth in 2000: Analysis of Census Bureau Data
This report examines recent trends in retirement saving and the policy implications. The aging of the American population and the impending retirement of the "baby boom" will place significant strains over the next several decades on both Social Security and on retirees' own financial resources. With continued increases in average life expectancies, retirees in the 21st century will have to stretch their savings and other assets over longer periods of retirement than were experienced by their parents and grandparents.
Social Security Reform
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Social Security Program Protection Act of 2002 (H.R. 4070)
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Social Security: The Cost-of-Living Adjustment in January 2003
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Social Security: Taxation of Benefits
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Social Security Benefit Enhancements for Women Act of 2002 (H.R. 4069)
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Social Security Program Protection Act of 2002 (H.R. 4070)
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Social Security Reform
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Social Security: Where Do Surplus Taxes Go and How Are They Used?
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Social Security Reform
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