I wonder if anyone has done studies on the impact of COVID on the Social Security shortfall.
According to the link below, 1,002,925 people have died of COVID. I used there breakdown and calculated that 746,301 were eligible to be receiving SS benefits. (Actually it was a little more than that but their ranges didn’t allow me to break out the 62-64 year olds.) We know that some of the 750K would have died of other causes, but I think it is safe to say that the majority wouldn’t have. Have those and the continuing deaths from COVID changed the date when SS will have to reduce its payments to recipients?
There are many complicating factors that would have to be taken into account. Here are just a few that I can think of.
How many people have retired earlier than expected and not paying into the SS trust fund any longer?
How many people are claiming SS benefits before their full retirement age thus lowering the amount that SS will pay out over their lifetimes?
How many people are claiming SS disability benefits beyond what is expected?
It wouldn’t be an easy study to do, but it would be interesting.
The promised link: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1191568/reported-deaths-…