The Social Security Administration announced a 1.3 percent boost to monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2021. The increase is based on the rise in the Consumer Price Index over the past 12 months ending in September 2020.
For those contributing to Social Security through wages, the potential maximum income subject to Social Security tax increases 3.7 percent this year, to $142,800. A recap of the key amounts is outlined here:
What does it mean for you?
Social Security & Medicare Rates
The Social Security and Medicare tax rates do not change from 2020 to 2021.
Note: The above tax rates are a combination of 6.20 percent Social Security and 1.45 percent for Medicare. There is also 0.9 percent Medicare wages surtax for those with wages above $200,000 single ($250,000 joint filers) that is not reflected in these figures.
Please note that your employer also pays Social Security and Medicare taxes on your behalf. These figures are reflected in the self-employed tax rates, as self-employed individuals pay both halves of the tax.
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