Munnell, Alicia Haydock. “Social Security's financial outlook”. Issue in Brief 20-7, Chestnut Hill, Mass.: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, April 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/2345/bc-ir:108909.
The brief's key findings are: The 2020 Trustees Report, which was prepared before the pandemic, shows: Social Security's 75-year deficit increased from 2.78 percent to 3.21 percent of payroll. Trust fund depletion remains at 2035, after which payroll taxes still cover about three quarters of promised benefits. This shortfall is manageable, and the pandemic is unlikely to fundamentally alter the long-term financial status of the program. Today's crisis has also underscored the importance of Social Security, which continues to provide a steady source of income to millions of Americans. Therefore, once the crisis subsides, stabilizing Social Security\xD5s long-term finances should be a high priority to ensure that Americans have full confidence in its future.