Kansas Department of Administration

15-P-010 Change in Social Security Base Rate (Issued October 24, 2014)

Informational Circular No.: 15-p-010


Supersedes Informational Circular No: 14-p-009

Effective Date: January 1, 2015

Contact Name: Carmen Waters

Ph: (785) 296-7059

Email: carmen.waters@da.ks.gov

Approval:    Nancy Ruoff (Original Signature on File)
Summary: Social Security Wage Base Increase to $118,500 effective January 1, 2015.

 

The Social Security wage base for OASDI will be $118,500 for calendar year 2015.  This is a $1,500 increase from the wage base of calendar year 2014 of $117,000.  The OASDI tax rate for 2015 will be 6.2% for both employees and employers.  The maximum OASDI employee contribution for 2015 will be $7,347.00.   There continues to be no limit on wages subject to the Medicare tax in 2015.  Medicare tax rates for employers and employees remain at 1.45%.  However, wages paid in excess of $200,000 will be subject to an additional 0.9% Medicare tax that will only be withheld from employees’ wages.  Employers will not pay the extra tax.

For Federal employees at Kansas State University who were hired prior to January 1, 1984, the employee contribution rate for reduced FICA remains at 1.45 % on all wages subject to the tax (there has been no maximum contribution since January 1, 1994).  Federal employees hired after January 1, 1984 will have a maximum contribution of $7,347.00 for OASDI and no maximum for Medicare.  The employer and employee rates continue to be the same, with wages paid in excess of $200,000 subject to the additional 0.9% Medicare tax that will only be withheld from employees’ wages.

For Kansas Police and Fireman’s program participants who are subject to the mandated Medicare coverage, the contribution rate remains at 1.45% on all wages subject to the tax (there has been no maximum contribution since January 1, 1994) with the additional 0.9% tax that will only be withheld from employees’ wages in excess of $200,000.

The Office of Systems Management, Payroll Systems Team is responsible for making the necessary updates to the SHARP payroll system.  Regents’ institutions are responsible for ensuring these changes are reflected in their individual systems.

 

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