Daily Juice 014 – What is FICA tax

Daily Juice 014 – What is FICA tax

Still talking about taxes today. FICA tax today.

FICA tax is another kind of tax taken out of your paycheck in addition to income tax. Named after the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, a law that requires employers to withhold 3 types of taxes, (Social Security, Medicare & Medicare Surtax if a single employee makes over $200,000). These taxes go to Social Security Trust fund, which will provide you (keep your fingers crossed) when you retire, with Social Security benefits (Pension) and Medicare (medical benefits).

FICA is comprised of a 12.4% Social Security tax and 2.9% Medicare tax. If you’re employed, your employer picks up half of each, and the total 7.65% will be deducted automatically from your paycheck. Those who own their own businesses will owe the full 15.3%.

Social Security tax is only assessed on $118,500 of earned income in 2016. After that, you are done paying for the year.

Medicare tax assessed on all your earned income. And if you make over $200,000 (single taxpayer) there will be an additional 0.9% surcharge tax.

Now it’s your turn, Take out your pay stub and take a look at how much tax you paying.

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Anna Sergunina
Anna Sergunina

I'm Anna Sergunina, CFP®, President & CEO at MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc. My passion lies in serving others through financial planning, helping clients achieve their dreams like buying a home, saving for education, or retiring early. With over two decades in the industry and a CFP designation since 2009, I'm dedicated to excellence and continuous growth. Beyond work, I cherish moments with my son Liam, prioritize self-care, and engage in content creation for my Money Boss Parent Podcast and Money Library blog.

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