The brief’s key findings are:
- The 2014 Trustees Report shows little change from last year:
- Social Security’s 75-year deficit rose modestly to 2.88 percent of payroll.
- But the deficit as a percent of GDP is still 1 percent.
- And trust fund exhaustion is still 2033, after which payroll taxes still cover about three quarters of promised benefits.
- The shortfall is manageable but, with the deficit rising to about 4 percent in two decades, action should be taken soon to avoid larger tax/benefit changes later.
- And the disability insurance program needs immediate attention, as its trust fund is expected to be exhausted in 2016.