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After the federal government pays back with interest the $2.8 trillion it owes to Social Security, what is the estimated average program shortfall for everyone currently paying Social Security taxes?

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After the federal government pays back with interest the $2.8 trillion it owes to Social Security, the program's actuaries estimate that it has $30.8 trillion in unfunded obligations. This amounts to an average shortfall of $180,000 for everyone currently paying Social Security taxes. This figure approximates the method by which publicly traded companies are required by law to report the finances of their pension and retirement plans.

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