Monday, January 10, 2011

Social Security: Lifetime Benefits and Costs

Source: Urban Institute

Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Benefits Over a Lifetime

C. Eugene Steuerle, Stephanie Rennane

Publication Date: January 03, 2011

How much will you pay in Social Security and Medicare taxes over your lifetime? And how much can you expect to get back in benefits? It depends on whether you're married, when you retire, and how much you've earned over a lifetime.

These tables provide estimates of the lifetime value of Social Security and Medicare benefits and taxes for typical workers in different generations at various earning levels. The "lifetime value of taxes" is based upon the value of accumulated taxes, as if those taxes were put into an account that earned a 2 percent real rate of return (that is, 2 percent plus inflation). The "lifetime value of benefits" represents the amount needed in an account (also earning a 2 percent real interest rate) to pay for those benefits.

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