Medicare Wages

Medicare Wage

Any wage or salary that is subject to the Medicare tax. As the name implies, the Medicare tax is a tax on top of one's income tax and Social Security tax that goes to fund Medicare. Generally speaking, only ordinary wages and salaries are Medicare wages. Tips and bonuses usually are exempt from the tax.

Medicare Wages

Total wages paid to an employee that are subject to Medicare tax. This amount doesn't include tips, which are reported separately.
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Medicare wages and tips are less than the sum of social security wages and social security tips,
Medicare tax is greater than zero; Medicare wages and tips are equal to zero.
31, 2013, and then, on its fourth quarter 2013 Form 941, it may reduce the fourth-quarter wages, tips, and other compensation on line 2; taxable Social Security wages on line 5a (subject to the wage base limitation for the year); and taxable Medicare wages and tips on line 5c, all by the amount of the same-sex spouse benefits treated as wages for the first three quarters of 2013.
9% Medicare tax from J's salary beginning with the paycheck in which his annual Medicare wages exceed $200,000.
Because the payments are wages for FICA purposes, they are reportable by the employer as Social Security and Medicare wages on the employee-spouse's Form W-2, as are the Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld.
While HR does this audit, the finance and IT departments need to gather data and compute actual differences in Social Security and Medicare wages and taxes.
The employer reports the payments as Social Security and Medicare wages and reports the Social Security and Medicare withheld taxes on the employee spouse's Form W-2.
Social Security and Medicare wages and taxes automatically are calculated on W-2 input, which can be overridden.
Thus, payments are reportable by Y as Social Security and Medicare wages on A's Form W-2, together with the with-holding.
If the accrued compensation payments are made in the year of death, the applicable amounts should be reported as Social Security wages (box 3) and Medicare wages (box 5) on the decedent's final W-2, so that proper credit for those earnings is received.
Because the Medicare cap was eliminated in 1994, any amounts deferred in that year or later years should have been reported on a Form W-2 as Medicare wages, and Medicare withholding should have been taken on the whole amount.
1993 and earlier: In 1994, the cap on Medicare wages ($135,000 in 1993) was eliminated.