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FAQs for Indian Tribal Governments regarding Social Security and Medicare Taxes

These frequently asked questions and answers are provided for general information only and should not be cited as any type of legal authority. They are designed to provide the user with information required to respond to general inquiries. Due to the uniqueness and complexities of Indian law and Federal tax law, it is imperative to ensure a full understanding of the specific question presented, and to perform the requisite research to ensure a correct response is provided.

  1. Are all employees subject to social security and Medicare taxes?
  2. If an employee is collecting social security benefits, is the employer required to withhold social security and Medicare taxes? 
  3. What happens if the employee reaches the wage base limit for social security tax?  Is there a wage base limit for Medicare taxes? 

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 06-Dec-2016