What Is the Form 8959 Additional Medicare Tax for High-Income Earners?
Additional Medicare Tax Threshold Amounts
If you’re a high-income earner on Medicare, you could owe additional taxes. Do you know what that threshold is for your particular situation?
Starting in 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) implemented a 0.9% Additional Medicare Tax, applying to wages, Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA) compensation and self-employment income above a specified threshold amount.
Given these threshold amounts, if you’re on Medicare and make this much money per year, you may need to file what the IRS calls Form 8959 (instructions and examples).
Do I Need To Pay an Additional Medicare Tax?
You may need to file Form 8959 and pay more into Medicare if one or more of these stipulations apply to you:
Medicare wages and tips are greater than $200,000
RRTA compensation is greater than $200,000
Total Medicare wages and tips + self-employment income are greater than the threshold amount. (This includes your spouse, if you’re married filing jointly.)
Total RRTA compensation and tips are greater than the threshold amount. (This also includes your spouse, if you're married filing jointly.)
If any of this applies to you, you may need to pay an additional 0.9% to the IRS each year. You can ask your employer to withhold the extra amount from your paycheck, or payments can be made to the IRS throughout the year.
If you’re unsure whether you need to pay the Additional Medicare Tax, call 1-833-463-3262, TTY 711 to speak with a licensed agent at Senior Healthcare Direct.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The above is meant to be strictly educational and not intended to provide medical advice or solicit the sales of an insurance product or service of any kind.