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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Social Security benefits vs. taxes

Retirement planning involves sacrificing a portion of what we earn today and investing that money in the hope that one day we'll have enough assets from which we can draw an income. But the Social Security and Medicare systems operate differently, taking a portion of earnings from today's workers to pay for the needs of today's retirees.

Just how much do we pay out in Social Security and Medicare taxes over a lifetime, compared to how much we receive in benefits? The answer depends on several variables, including gender, earnings, household configuration, the age at which we retire and our health. But generally, we receive far more in benefits than we pay into the system, according to new figures released by the Urban Institute.

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