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INFORMATIONAL CIRCULAR NO. 09-P-009 Supersedes 08-P-009
DATE:  October 20, 2008

Change in Social Security Base Rate

EFFECTIVE DATE:   January 1, 2009

Sunni Zentner

(785) 296-7058

( sunni.zentner@da.ks.gov)


Social Security Wage Base Increase to $106,800 effective January 1, 2009

The Social Security wage base for OASDI will be $106,800 for calendar year 2009. This is a $4,800 increase from the 2008 wage base of $102,000. The OASDI tax rate remains at 6.2% for both employees and employers. The maximum OASDI employee contribution for 2009 will be $6,621.60. There continues to be no limit on wages subject to the Medicare tax in 2009. Medicare tax rates for employers and employees remain at 1.45%.

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 $6,621.60 for OASDI and no maximum for Medicare. The employer and employee rates continue to be the same.

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).

The Division of Accounts and Reports, 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.