What percentage of a paycheck goes to taxes?
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What percentage of a paycheck goes to taxes?

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Most U.S. taxpayers with a traditional salary pay 6.2 percent of each paycheck as taxes for social security and 1.45 percent for Medicare, according to the California Tax Service Station. Additional amounts may be deducted from each paycheck for federal withholding or for state fees such as unemployment insurance.

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Withholding refers to money taken out of a paycheck and sent directly to the federal government as part of an employee's yearly income tax, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). When employees submit their taxes for the year, the amount of withholding already paid is subtracted from remaining tax liabilities. Employees can typically choose the amount of money taken out through withholding, according to the IRS.

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    Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes, which employers, employees and self-employed individuals pay to fund Social Security and Medicare, are calculated at the rate of 12.4 percent of salary for Social Security and 2.9 percent for Medicare as of 2015, reports the IRS. High income earners pay an additional Medicare tax.

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