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2010 Social Security Wage Base and FICA Tax Rate

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Compliance Update

Social Security Wage Base Remains at $106,800 in 2010 The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Thursday, October 15, 2009, that the 2010 social security wage base will be $106,800, unchanged from 2009. As in prior years, there is no limit to the wages subject to the Medicare tax; therefore all covered wages are still subject to the 1.45% tax.

The FICA tax rate, which is the combined social security tax rate of 6.2% and the Medicare tax rate of 1.45%, remains at 7.65% for 2010. The maximum social security tax employees and employers will each pay in 2010 is $6,621.60. This is unchanged from the 2009 maximum.

The social security wage base for self-employed individuals in 2010 will also be $106,800. There is no limit on covered self-employment income that will be subject to the Medicare tax. The self-employment tax rate remains 15.3% (combined social security tax rate of 12.4% and Medicare tax rate of 2.9%). In 2010, the maximum social security tax for a self-employed individual will be $13,243.20. This is unchanged from the 2009 maximum.

FICA coverage threshold unchanged for domestic, election workers The threshold for coverage under social security and Medicare for domestic employees will be $1,700 in 2010, unchanged from 2009; the coverage threshold for election workers will be $1,500 in 2010, also unchanged from 2009.


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