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Subject: Re: Hurry with those W-2s! Date: 1/24/2002 1:48 AM
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Your comment assumes that your pay stub gives you the information needed to be able to enter accurate data.

I was also trying to be a bit funny. I hope that came across.

My employer combines the FICA and Medicare amounts on the pay stub and does not separate Gross Income into Pre (401k and Flex) and Post Tax amounts.

Social Security is 6.2% of your taxable income. (Gross pay less the Flex payment. 401k contributions are still taxable for FICA) Medicare is 1.45%. So those can be separated out fairly easily.

For your bookkeeping, try this. Record the Gross Pay as income, and record all of the deductions (401k, flex, FICA - separating out the social security and medicare if you'd like, Federal income tax, state income tax, etc.) as expenses. Your taxable income reported in box 1 of the W2 should be your gross pay minus the 401k and flex plan expenses. Social security wages will be gross pay less the flex plan, with the correct max for the year. Medicare wages are the same as social security, but not subject to a maximum.

--Peter
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