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I forgot about medicare. Does that 7.65% actually give medical coverage? Or is that a separate blue cross expense? Any idea how much that might be?

Only if you're old (60+) and the U.S. government haven't bankrupt the fund . . .

The medicare tax (1.45%) does not provide you with any immediate medical insurance. It only help pay for your medical care when you're old or disabled. Social Security tax (6.2%) doesn't pay you anything either until you're old or disabled. It's design to help you during your retirement year.

BTW, I'm not sure if non-citizen or non-permanent resident have to pay social security tax or not. Does anybody know which IRS publications talk about social security tax?
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