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Hi.. first time posting, long time reading...

I recently recieved incentive pay in my paycheck for my schooling and I was taxed heavily. Normally, FICA takes out about a little less than %10 out of my check. At work, I had put in papers for incentive pay for my degree. Two weeks ago, I recieved a paper saying that I would get retro-pay for the time since I had been sworn in. Well, that totalled a little under 1000. When I got my check, FICA had taken just over 400!! Then Medicare and the rest of them wiped me out. It ended up being something like 350. They really did me. Can anyone explain this?
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