If you want to combine amounts to be withheld as income tax, employee social security tax, and employee Medicare tax, you may use the combined
tables on pages 35-54.
Combined withholding tables for single and married taxpayers are shown for weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, monthly, and daily or miscellaneous
payroll periods. The payroll period and marital status of the employee determine the table to be used.
If the wages are greater than the highest wage bracket in the applicable table, you will have to use one of the other methods for figuring income
tax withholding described in this publication or in Circular E. For wages that do not exceed $84,900, the combined social security tax rate and
Medicare tax rate is 7.65% each for both the employee and the employer for wages paid in 2002. You can figure the employee social security tax by
multiplying the wages by 6.2%, and you can figure the employee Medicare tax by multiplying the wages by 1.45%.
The combined tables give the correct total withholding only if wages for social security and Medicare taxes and income tax withholding are the
same. When you have paid more than the maximum amount of wages subject to social security tax ($84,900 in 2002) in a calendar year, you may no longer
use the combined tables.
If you use the combined withholding tables, use the following steps to find the amounts to report on your Form 941, Employer's Quarterly
Federal Tax Return.
- Employee social security tax withheld. Multiply the wages by 6.2%.
- Employee Medicare tax withheld. Multiply the wages by 1.45%.
- Income tax withheld. Subtract the amounts from steps 1 and 2 from the total tax withheld.
You can figure the amounts to be shown on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, in the same way.
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