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What are FICA?

FICA is a tax on employees and employers that is used to fund the Social Security system (Social Security and Medicare).

How is FICA Calculated?

Social Security: 12.4% of your Gross Pay is payable, FICA is calculated by deducting a percentage of your earning (6.2%) from your Gross Pay.

Medicare: 2.9% of your Gross Pay is payable, FICA is calculated by deducting a percentage of your earning from your Gross Pay.

Who has to pay FICA?

FICA is payable by wage/salaried employees (9.1% [6.2% Social Security + 2.9% Medicare] of Gross Pay) and their employer (9.1% [6.2% Social Security + 2.9% Medicare] of employees Gross Pay).

How is FICA Collected?

If you are a wage/salaried employee, FICA will be collected automatically by your employer and deducted from your pay before you are paid. The amount of FICA paid should be detailed in your payslip.

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