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There are numerous viable options to preserve the retirement system, including Social Security, in a fiscally sustainable way that gives families adequate time to plan and strengthens support for those who need it the most.
The federal government finances its operations with taxes, fees, and other receipts collected from many different sectors of the economy.
Most working Americans are subject to payroll taxes, which are usually deducted automatically from an employee’s paycheck. Employers are also often subject to these types of taxes.
Tax expenditures can come in the form of exclusions, exemptions, deductions, and credits.
Social Security is the largest single program in the federal budget and makes up approximately one quarter of total federal spending.
The latest trustees reports make clear that Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries face substantial cuts in the near future unless policymakers take action to make these vital programs solvent.
The fairness of our federal tax system is a hotly debated issue. Too often, however, those debates confuse or misrepresent important facts because they focus on one type of tax in isolation rather than the various taxes that people face in aggregate.
"Tax Cuts 2.0 is a fitting name, because this bill would add more than $2.0 trillion to our national debt over 10 years once it kicks in," Michael A. Peterson, Chairman and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, said.
“Another round of tax cuts financed with borrowed money is doubling down on fiscal irresponsibility," said Michael A. Peterson, Chairman and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.