The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that the 2017 Social Security taxable wage base is increasing to $127,200, up $8,700 from the 2016 taxable wage base of $118,500. Once an employee reaches this taxable wage threshold no further Social Security tax will be withheld.
FICA Tax Rates
The 2017 FICA tax rate for employees will remain at 7.65%. This is the combined rate for Social Security and Medicare. The Social Security portion is 6.2% on earnings up to the taxable wage base of $127,200, and the Medicare portion is 1.45% on all earnings. Employers continue to pay a matching portion of 6.2% for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare respectively.
Employees that have earned income over $200,000 will also be required to pay an additional 0.9% Medicare surtax, increasing their total FICA amount to 8.55%. The Medicare surtax is only imposed on employees and not on the employer’s portion.
If you’re a client AdvaPay’s web-based payroll system will automatically adjust to account for the higher tax limit for the Social Security portion of FICA. If you use another payroll provider confirm your payroll system will be updated. In addition, employers should notify their employees about the increase in FICA tax ahead of time in an effort to reduce any confusion.
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