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Sign at the Social Security building in Baltimore. (Photo: Bloomberg) Sign at the Social Security building in Baltimore. (Photo: Bloomberg)

If the payroll tax were eliminated with no alternative source of revenue enacted, the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund would become “permanently depleted in about the middle of calendar year 2021, with no ability to pay DI benefits thereafter,” according to Social Security Actuary Stephen Goss.

In a Tuesday letter to Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Goss added that the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund “and Trust Fund reserves would become permanently depleted by the middle of calendar year 2023, with no ability to pay OASI benefits thereafter.”

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Melanie Waddell

Melanie is Washington Bureau Chief, Investment Advisory Group. She also covers regulatory and compliance issues. Her column, The Playing Field, appears in Investment Advisor and on ThinkAdvisor.com, and she also writes the briefing and produces the podcast, Human Capital. Earlier in her career, Melanie covered financial issues at American Banker/Thomson Media publications in Washington and New York. You can reach her at [email protected] On twitter: @Think_MelanieW

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