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119 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3971 (fax)
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Notice to Student Employees (Jan 2012)

Email sent to all student employees and their supervisors regarding timely submission of hours worked.

Social Security Taxes for 2015

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the Social Security wage base will increase in 2015. The wage base will be $118,500 beginning with the first payroll of 2015. The maximum contribution will be $7,347.00. The Medicare portion of FICA does not have a wage base or maximum contribution; however, 2015 wages in excess of $200,000 will be subject to an extra 0.9% Medicare tax.

FICA tax that comes out of your check each payday is the social security tax. The FICA tax rate for 2015 is 6.2% for both the employee and employer. The MQFE tax is the Medicare portion and is taxed at the rate of 1.45% of taxable wages and has no maximum.

Optional Life Insurance

The premiums you pay through payroll deduction for the first $50,000 of Optional Life Insurance are now treated as pre-tax dollars if you are participating in the Money Plus program. This means the deduction reduces your taxable wages before taxes are calculated on the wages. The premiums for coverage over $50,000 will be treated as any other payroll deduction.

Retirement Plan Limitations for 2015

The IRS has announced that the limitations on retirement plans for 2015 are as follows:

401(K), 457(e), and 403(b) Deferred Limit

$ 18,000

Age 50+ Catch-up Contributions Limit

$ 6,000

457(b) Pre-Retirement Catch-up Limit

$ 18,000

*Annual amount may differ for individual participants in certain cases.