November 21, 2008
Question of the Week: Why Did My FICA Tax Deduction Stop?
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Vision Payroll

This week’s question comes from Matt, a sales rep: Every week there’s a deduction for FICA on my paycheck. Two weeks ago, the deduction was lower than usual and last week there was no deduction at all. Why did my FICA tax deduction stop? Answer: The FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) tax is related to Social Security’s Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program, commonly called Social Security. Under this program, there is a cap on benefits based on a maximum earnings level, called the wage base. For 2008, the wage base is $102,000 and for 2009 it is scheduled to increase to $106,800. At retirement, using current law, benefit calculations are limited to earnings at or below the wage base. Therefore, no tax is withheld on earnings above the wage base, effectively limiting the maximum withholding to $6,324 in 2008. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the Social Security wage base.


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