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  • Writer's pictureSteven J. Rosenthal, CPA, CFP, JD

Paying Medicare Taxes in Retirement


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The U.S. tax code contains some infrequently discussed provisions that could affect the taxes that retirees pay to support the Medicare program. These taxes apply in addition to the premiums Medicare recipients pay for coverage. The premiums for coverage function as a “hidden” tax, because they are imposed on a progressive income scale, but they are not classified as an income tax by the government. See https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/medicare-premiums.html


The actual taxes that support Medicare are reported on Forms 1040 and W-2. A person of retirement age will pay payroll (i.e., FICA) taxes on income earned from wages or self-employment. Even if an individual is not working during their retirement years, there is a separate 3.8% net investment income tax imposed on the investment earnings for high-income taxpayers. Retirees need to take these taxes into account when determining their effective marginal income tax rate. A review of the legislative history of these taxes will show the connection to the Medicare program.


Fulcrum Wealth Advisors will help clients minimize these taxes by reviewing their income and investment assets as part of the retirement planning process. The following articles provide an overview of the topic.





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