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INFORMATIONAL CIRCULAR NO. 99-P-011 (Supersedes 98-p-009) 
DATE:  October 26, 1998
SUBJECT: Change in Social Security Base Rate
EFFECTIVE DATE:   January 1, 1999
A & R CONTACT: Payroll Services     (785) 296-3146      
APPROVAL: Approved by Dale Brunton
SUMMARY: Social Security Wage Base Increases to $72,600 effective January 1, 1999

Beginning January 1, 1999 the social security wage base for OASDI will be increased. The employee and employer contribution rates will remain the same.

The OASDI wage base will increase to $72,600, up from the 1998 wage limit of $68,400. The employee contribution rate remains at 6.2% with a maximum employee contribution of $4501.20. There is no limit on the Medicare wage base. The employee and employer contribution rates for the Medicare tax remain at 1.45%.

For Federal employees at Kansas State University who were hired before January 1, 1984, the employee contribution rate for reduced FICA remains at 1.45% and beginning January 1, 1994, there is no maximum. Federal employees hired after January 1, 1984 will have a contribution maximum for OASDI of $4501.20 and HI (Medicare) will have no maximum. The employer rates remain the same as the employee rates.

For Kansas Police and Fireman's program participants who are subject to the mandated Medicare coverage, the contribution rate remains at 1.45% and beginning January 1, 1994 there is no maximum.