Imagine working for 40 years, each year paying Social Security taxes and dying at the age of 62 with no spouse to bequeath. The Government is going to secretly laugh at you because they now get to keep the hundreds of thousands of dollars you paid into the system for free, baby!
Meanwhile, if you get married the Government will make sure to tax you at a higher rate (marriage penalty tax) to ensure they get more of your money and perhaps even deter you from getting married so they can pay out less in Social Security benefits. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Why else do you think the income threshold for a 35% income tax rate stays at $400,000 and jumps to only $450,000 for a married couple instead of $800,000? Not sticking to the $200,000/$250,000 income threshold for tax increases helps thousands of people living in expensive areas survive. Ironically, the $200,000/$250,000 income threshold was more fair since $50,000 divided by $200,000 = 25%. Now, $50,000 divided by $400,000 is just 12.5%. The Government is sexist and wants one spouse to just stay at home or make less money if they get married. Absurd!
The maximum taxable earnings amount for Social Security (OASDI) taxes is roughly $113,700. There is no limitation on taxable earnings for Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) taxes.
The Social Security tax for 2013 reverts back to its normal rates. The tax rate for 2013 is:
- Employee-portion: 6.2% of wage earnings, up to the maximum wage base of $113,700;
- Employer-portion: 6.2% of wage earnings, up to the maximum wage base of $113,700;
- Self-employed persons: 12.4% of net self-employment income, up to $113,700.
For 2011-2012, the employee-portion of the Social Security tax was reduced from 6.2% to 4.2%. Self-employed persons also received the same reduction from 12.4% to 10.4%.