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FICA tax must be paid on income earned while receiving Social Security benefits

You must pay FICA tax if you are working

Q: I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits and I recently went back to work. Do I have to pay Social Security (FICA) taxes on my income?

A: Yes. By law, your employer must withhold FICA taxes from your paycheck. Although you are retired, you do receive credit for those new earnings.

Each year Social Security automatically credits the new earnings and, if your new earnings are higher than in any earlier year used to calculate your current benefit, your monthly benefit could increase. For more information, visit socialsecurity.gov or call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

Listen to information about Social Security

Q: I prefer reading by audio book. Does Social Security have audio publications?

A: Yes, we do. You can find them at socialsecurity.gov/pubs. Some of the publications available include What You Can Do Online, How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies, Apply Online For Social Security Benefits, and Your Social Security Card and Number. You can listen now at socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.

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FICA tax must be paid on income earned while receiving Social Security benefits 02/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 3:30am]

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