Does the Withholding Limit for Social Security Vary From State to State?


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The withholding limit for Social Security is mandated at the federal level and is the same across each state, TurboTax reports. From there, states have their own payroll taxes, such as unemployment insurance and disability taxes.

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Employers in the United States are mandated to withhold federal payroll taxes of their employees, HowStuffWorks notes. These taxes are the Social Security and Medicare taxes, and those amounts are matched by the employer. For 2015, the percentage withheld from an employee's paycheck is 6.2 percent for Social Security and 1.45 percent for Medicare's hospital insurance program, the Social Security Administration explains. The limit of the amount of earning subject to taxes is $118,500.

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