What if I reached the wage cap for social security with a previous employer?
If an employee has already met the annual wage base limit for Social Security with a previous employer in a given year, they can contact a tax advisor to recover any excess tax paid on their personal returns.
However, the current employer is still required to withhold and pay Social Security taxes up to the annual wage base limit for wages paid to the employee (even if they reached the limit for the year with a prior employer). Employers cannot honor the Social Security wage cap for wages paid to a current employee by a former employer.
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