Social Security System

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Social Security System definition


A system of federally funded services and payments to help support the needy, the aged, and the temporarily unemployed as well as providing support for needy, dependent, disabled, or neglected children, rehabilitation for the disabled, and a host of other social services. The system was established as part of the New Deal and is funded by payroll taxes paid by workers and employers.

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