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Updated: January, 2008
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There is a maximum amount of earnings (wages and net profit from self-employment) on which you pay Social Security taxes each year.

The maximum amount has changed many times throughout the years. For 2008, the maximum amount of taxable earnings is $102,000.

Before 1994, there also was a maximum amount on which you paid Medicare taxes, but that maximum has been removed. You now pay Medicare taxes on all your wages and your net profit from self-employment.

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Last reviewed or modified Thursday Sep 18, 2008
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