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  What is the Social Security tax rate?
  What is the Social Security tax (AKA FICA) rate?

The 2009 contribution rate, also known as the FICA tax rate, is 7.65% for employees and 15.30% for self-employed people. The rates are broken out as follows:

  • 6.2% (Social Security portion) on earnings up to the maximum taxable amount ($106,800 in 2009)
  • 1.45% (Medicare portion) on all earnings.

The maximum Social Security tax withheld in 2009 is $6,621.60.

Set by law, these rates haven't changed since 1990.

Maximum Earnings Taxable
Program 2007 2008 2009
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Medicare No Limit for any year after 1993

You may also see a history of the FICA tax rate

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