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[Excerpt] This report provides an overview of Social Security financing and benefits under current law. Specifically, the report covers the origins and a brief history of the program; Social Security financing and the status of the trust funds; how Social Security benefits are computed; the types of Social Security benefits available to workers and their family members; the basic eligibility requirements for each type of benefit; the scheduled increase in the Social Security retirement age; and the federal income taxation of Social Security benefits.


Suggested Citation
Nuschler, D. (2016). Social Security primer (CRS Report R42035). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.