Financial reporting of Social Security has been a controversial subject in the federal…

Financial reporting of Social Security has been a controversial subject in the federal government. Current federal accounting standards require that liabilities be reported only for Social Security payments that are currently due and payable, but that no liability be reported for the unfunded actuarial present value of amounts due to retirees or their beneficiaries or for the unfunded actuarial present value of benefits earned by other participants in the Social Security system. However, the standard does require various disclosures regarding the financial status of Social Security. Give arguments for and against the current financial reporting standard, and state your opinion about the soundness of the standard.

 

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