Social Security shortfall
The Social Security Trust Fund will run out of money in 2037, four years earlier than previously estimated. The updated figure comes from a new report from the Social Security trustees, which blames recession-induced layoffs for cutting into the payroll tax receipts that support the fund. Social Security is currently in surplus but will shrink rapidly as the baby boom population ages.
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