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Summary of Provisions That Would Change the Social Security Program 
Description of Proposed Provisions:


Estimates based on the intermediate assumptions of the 2013 Trustees Report
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Change from present law  Results with this provision  

Longrange actuarial balance 
Annual balance in 75th year 
Longrange actuarial balance 
Annual balance in 75th year 

Present Law, Alternative II. 
2.72  4.77  
E1.1 
Increase the payroll tax rate (currently 12.4 percent) to 15.3 percent in 2014
and later.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Social Security Advisory Board) 
2.75  2.87  0.04  1.89  
E1.2 
Increase the payroll tax rate (currently 12.4 percent) to 15.2 percent in 20262055,
and to 18.0 percent in years 2056 and later.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Social Security Advisory Board) 
2.93  5.44  0.21  0.67  
E1.3 
Reduce the payroll tax rate (currently 12.4 percent) to 11.4 percent in 2014 and later.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Warshawsky) 
0.97  1.01  3.69  5.78  
E1.4 
Increase the payroll tax rate (currently 12.4 percent) by 0.1 percentage point each
year from 20192038, until the rate reaches 14.4 percent in 2038 and later.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (National Academy of Social Insurance) 
1.42  1.99  1.30  2.78  
E1.5 
Increase the payroll tax rate (currently 12.4 percent) to 12.6 percent in 2016,
12.9 percent in 2024, 13.1 in percent in 2034, 13.9 percent in 2044, 13.5 percent
in 2054, and 13.3 percent in 2064 and later.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (NRC/NAPA) 
0.74  0.91  1.98  3.86  
E1.6 
Increase the payroll tax rate (currently 12.4 percent) to 12.6 percent in 2016,
12.9 percent in 2024, 13.3 in percent in 2034, 13.8 percent in 2044, 14.4 percent
in 2064, and 14.5 percent in 2079 and later.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (NRC/NAPA) 
1.04  2.07  1.68  2.70  
E1.7 
Increase the payroll tax rate (currently 12.4 percent) to 12.7 percent in 2016,
13.0 percent in 2029, 13.3 in percent in 2044, 14.0 percent in 2064, 14.5 percent
in 2074, and 14.7 percent in 2084 and later.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (NRC/NAPA) 
0.85  2.25  1.87  2.52  
E1.8 
Increase the payroll tax rate (currently 12.4 percent) by 0.1 percentage point each
year from 20162021, until the rate reaches 13.0 percent for 2021 and later.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Moore) 
0.53  0.60  2.19  4.16  
E2.1 
Eliminate the taxable maximum in years 2014 and later, and apply full 12.4 percent
payroll tax rate to all earnings. Do not provide benefit credit for earnings above
the currentlaw taxable maximum.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Social Security Advisory Board) 
2.35  2.48  0.37  2.29  
E2.2 
Eliminate the taxable maximum in years 2014 and later, and apply full 12.4 percent
payroll tax rate to all earnings. Provide benefit credit for earnings above the
currentlaw taxable maximum.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Social Security Advisory Board) 
1.91  1.61  0.81  3.15  
E2.3 
Eliminate the taxable maximum in years 2014 and later, and apply full 12.4 percent
payroll tax rate to all earnings. Provide benefit credit for earnings above the
currentlaw taxable maximum, adding a bend point at the currentlaw taxable maximum
and applying a formula factor of 3 percent for AIME above this new bend point.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (National Academy of Social Insurance) 
2.15  2.17  0.56  2.60  
E2.4 
Eliminate the taxable maximum for years 2020 and later (phased in 20142019), and apply
full 12.4 percent payroll tax rate to all earnings. Provide benefit credit for earnings
above the currentlaw taxable maximum that were taxed after 2013, using a secondary PIA
formula. This secondary PIA formula uses: (1) an “AIME+” derived from annual earnings from
each year after 2013 that were in excess of that year’s currentlaw taxable maximum; (2) a
bend point equal to 134 percent higher of the monthly currentlaw taxable maximum; and (3)
formula factors of 3 percent and 0.25 percent, respectively.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Deutch) 
2.18  2.36  0.54  2.40  
E2.5 
Apply 12.4 percent payroll tax rate on earnings above $250,000 starting in 2014, and tax all
earnings once the currentlaw taxable maximum exceeds $250,000. Do not provide benefit credit
for additional earnings taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Sanders)  memo (DeFazio) 
2.14  2.48  0.57  2.29  
E2.6 
Apply a 3 percent payroll tax on earnings above the currentlaw taxable maximum starting in 2014.
Do not provide benefit credit for earnings above the currentlaw taxable maximum.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (AARP) 
0.61  0.64  2.11  4.13  
E2.7 
Apply a 6 percent payroll tax on earnings above the currentlaw taxable maximum starting in 2014.
Do not provide benefit credit for earnings above the currentlaw taxable maximum.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Wexler) 
1.19  1.25  1.53  3.51  
E2.8 
Apply a 2 percent payroll tax on earnings above the currentlaw taxable maximum for years 20162063,
and a 3 percent rate for years 2064 and later. Do not provide benefit credit for earnings above the
currentlaw taxable maximum.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (NRC/NAPA) 
0.44  0.63  2.28  4.13  
E2.9 
Apply the following payroll tax rates above the currentlaw taxable maximum: 2.0 percent in
2016, 3.0 percent in 2029, 3.5 percent in 2044, 4.5 percent in 2054, and 5.5 percent in 2064
and later. Do not provide benefit credit for earnings above the currentlaw taxable maximum.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (NRC/NAPA) 
0.70  1.14  2.02  3.62  
E2.10 
Eliminate the taxable maximum in years 2024 and later. Phase in elimination by taxing all
earnings above the currentlaw taxable maximum at: 1.24 percent in 2015, 2.48 percent in 2016,
and so on, up to 11.16 percent in 2023. Provide benefit credit for earnings above the currentlaw
taxable maximum, adding a bend point at the currentlaw taxable maximum and applying a formula
factor of 5 percent for AIME above this new bend point.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Harkin 2012) 
1.92  2.07  0.80  2.70  
E2.11 
Eliminate the taxable maximum in years 2019 and later. Phase in elimination by taxing all
earnings above the current law taxable maximum at: 2.48 percent in 2015, 4.96 percent in
2016, and so on, up to 12.40 percent in 2019. Credit the additional earnings for benefit
purposes by: (a) calculating a second average indexed monthly earnings ("AIME+") reflecting
only earnings taxed above the current law taxable maximum, (b) applying a 5 percent factor
on this newly computed "AIME+" to develop a second component of the PIA, and (c) adding this
second component to the currentlaw PIA.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Harkin 2013) 
2.09  2.17  0.63  2.60  
E2.12 
Eliminate the taxable maximum in years 2025 and later. Phase in elimination by taxing all
earnings above the currentlaw taxable maximum at: 1.24 percent in 2016, 2.48 percent in
2017, and so on, up to 11.16 percent in 2024. Provide benefit credit for earnings above the
currentlaw taxable maximum, adding a bend point at the current law taxable maximum and
applying a formula factor of 3 percent for AIME above the new bend point.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Moore) 
1.92  2.17  0.80  2.60  
E3.1 
Increase the taxable maximum such that 90 percent of earnings would be subject to the
payroll tax (phased in 20142023). Provide benefit credit for earnings up to the
revised taxable maximum levels.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Social Security Advisory Board) 
0.77  0.64  1.95  4.13  
E3.2 
Increase the taxable maximum such that 90 percent of earnings would be subject to the
payroll tax (phased in 20142023). Do not provide benefit credit for additional earnings
taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Liebman, MacGuineas, Samwick) 
0.98  1.11  1.74  3.66  
E3.3 
Increase the taxable maximum such that 90 percent of earnings would be subject to the
payroll tax (phased in 20152020). Provide benefit credit for earnings up to the revised
taxable maximum levels.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (AARP) 
0.78  0.64  1.94  4.13  
E3.4 
Increase the taxable maximum from $106,800 to $115,200 (in 2009 AWIindexed dollars),
phased in 20142016. Provide benefit credit for earnings up to the revised taxable
maximum levels.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Warshawsky) 
0.11  0.08  2.61  4.69  
E3.5 
Increase the taxable maximum each year by an additional 2 percent beginning in 2014 until
taxable earnings equal 90 percent of covered earnings. Provide benefit credit for earnings
up to the revised taxable maximum levels.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Bipartisan Policy Center)  memo (National Academy of Social Insurance) 
0.62  0.67  2.10  4.10  
E3.6 
Increase the taxable maximum each year by an additional 2 percent beginning in 2016 until
taxable earnings equal 90 percent of covered earnings. Do not provide benefit credit for
additional earnings taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (NRC/NAPA) 
0.72  1.10  1.99  3.66  
E3.7 
Increase the taxable maximum by an additional 2 percent per year beginning in 2015 until
taxable earnings equal 90 percent of covered earnings. Provide benefit credit for earnings
up to the revised taxable maximum levels. Create a new bend point equal to the currentlaw
taxable maximum with a 5 percent formula factor applying above the new bend point.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Fiscal Commission) 
0.63  0.77  2.09  3.99  
E3.8 
Beginning in 2021, apply 2 percent payroll tax rate on earnings over the wageindexed
equivalent of $200,000 in 2017, with the threshold wageindexed after 2021. Provide
proportional benefit credit for additional earnings taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Johnson, Brady, Ryan) (includes similar provisions with 3 percent and 4 percent payroll tax rates) 
0.20  0.16  2.52  4.61  
E3.9 
Beginning in 2021, apply 2 percent payroll tax rate on earnings over the wageindexed
equivalent of $200,000 in 2017, with the threshold wageindexed after 2021. Do not
provide benefit credit for additional earnings taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Johnson, Brady, Ryan) (includes similar provisions with 3 percent and 4 percent payroll tax rates) 
0.25  0.31  2.46  4.46  
E3.10 
Beginning in 2021, apply 2 percent payroll tax rate on earnings over the wageindexed
equivalent of $300,000 in 2017, with the threshold wageindexed after 2021. Provide
proportional benefit credit for additional earnings taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Johnson, Brady, Ryan) (includes similar provisions with 3 percent and 4 percent payroll tax rates) 
0.15  0.12  2.57  4.65  
E3.11 
Beginning in 2021, apply 2 percent payroll tax rate on earnings over the wageindexed
equivalent of $300,000 in 2017, with the threshold wageindexed after 2021. Do not
provide benefit credit for additional earnings taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Johnson, Brady, Ryan) (includes similar provisions with 3 percent and 4 percent payroll tax rates) 
0.19  0.23  2.53  4.54  
E3.12 
Beginning in 2021, apply 2 percent payroll tax rate on earnings over the wageindexed
equivalent of $400,000 in 2017, with the threshold wageindexed after 2021. Provide
proportional benefit credit for additional earnings taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Johnson, Brady, Ryan) (includes similar provisions with 3 percent and 4 percent payroll tax rates) 
0.12  0.10  2.60  4.67  
E3.13 
Beginning in 2021, apply 2 percent payroll tax rate on earnings over the wageindexed
equivalent of $400,000 in 2017, with the threshold wageindexed after 2021. Do not
provide benefit credit for additional earnings taxed.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Johnson, Brady, Ryan) (includes similar provisions with 3 percent and 4 percent payroll tax rates) 
0.16  0.19  2.56  4.58  
E3.14 
Eliminate the taxable maximum for the employer payroll tax (6.2 percent) beginning in
2014. For the employee payroll tax (6.2 percent) and for benefit calculation purposes,
beginning in 2014, increase the taxable maximum by an additional 2 percent per year until
taxable earnings equal 90 percent of covered earnings.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (National Academy of Social Insurance) 
1.43  1.39  1.29  3.38  
E3.15 
Increase the taxable maximum until taxable earnings equal 90 percent of covered earnings
(phased in 20142023). In addition, apply a tax rate of 6.2 percent for earnings above
the revised taxable maximum (phased in from 20142023). Provide benefit credit on earnings
taxed up to the revised taxable maximum.
graph  table  pdfgraph  pdftable  memo (Senate Special Committee on Aging) 
1.40  1.35  1.32  3.42 
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