Social Security taxes
Workers and their employers are taxed on wages and other compensation up to an annual limit to pay for Social Security benefits. Self-employed individuals pay both the worker's and the employer's shares of the Social Security tax.
- Employees - For workers employed by somebody else:
- Employee pays 6.2%
- Employer pays 6.2%
- Self-employed individual pays 12.4%
- Compensation limit - Social Security taxes are paid on compensation up to set annual limit. Above that limit, no Social Security taxes are paid. The limit is indexed for inflation.
- 2014 limit: $117,000
- Medicare taxes - In addition to Social Security taxes, workers also pay Medicare taxes on their compensation. There is no compensation limit for Medicare taxes.
- Employee pays 1.45%
- Employer pays 1.45%
- Self-employed pays total of 2.9%
II. Eligibility and benefit: Retirement
RetirementAs both employee and employer, you have to pay more in Social Security, but there are deductions that can help lighten the tax burden.
RetirementAlmost never, unless you belong to one of these special groups.
RetirementThe short answer is, current earners. Taxes on current wages pay the Social Security benefits of retirees, the disabled, children and other beneficiaries.
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