Medicare tax


Q. I turned 65 and applied for Medicare Part A and B, which is in effect. I pay my Part B monthly premiums separately. I am still employed and noted the Medicare tax is still being deducted from my paycheck. Is this a standard deduction that should be reimbursed, or will this deduction remain in effect until I retire?

A. Anyone who has earnings from wages or self-employment is required to pay Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes for Medicare Part A. This is a standard deduction for which there is no reimbursement.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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