The Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or FICA, is made up of the Social Security Tax and the Medicare Tax. For both employees and their employers, on the first $113,700 of their wages (up from $110,100 in 2012) they will each be taxed 7.65% (an increase of 2% from the prior year).
For the self-employed, they will be taxed 15.3%. The self-employed are taxed at a higher percentage because they pay the full FICA tax, while the employee and employer each contribute to the tax.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brings another increase. This only applies to wages and/or self-employed income over $250,000 for a married couple or single people making over $200,000. Once they exceed those numbers, they will be taxed an additional .9%. Again, this is only for the amount over $200,000 or $250,000.
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