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Prior to the last weekly payroll period of the calendar year, the cumulative earnings of employees A and B are $99,350 and $91,000 respectively. Their earnings for the last completed payroll period of the year are $850 each. The amount of earning subject to social security tax at 6% is $100,000. All earnings are subject to Medicare tax of 1.5%. Assuming that the payroll will be paid on December 29, what will be the employer’s total FICA tax for this payroll period on the two salary amounts of $850 each?

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    Computation/Explanation:
    Employee A:
    SS Tax = $650 x 6% = $39
    Medicare Tax = $850 x 1.5% = $12.75

    Employee B:
    SS Tax = $850 x 6% = $51
    Medicare Tax = $850 x 1.5% = $12.75

    Total FICA tax: $39 + $12.75 + $51 + $12.75 = $115.50

    Please note that we used $650 for SS Tax for Employee A’s earning because only $650 is left until we reach the limit of $100,000.

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