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Journalizing Payroll Taxes

The employees of Donnelly Music Company earned a total wages $4,690 during January. The total amount is taxable under FICA, FUTA, and SUTA. The state contribution rate for the company is 3.6%. The amount withheld for federal income taxes is $685. Journalize the payments of the monthly wages, and record the payroll taxes.

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Before performing the journal entries, let's get our rates clear. The gross FUTA rate is 6.4 percent, but is reduced to .8 percent for a taxpayer in a state which charges a SUTA and which is not in default on a federal loan. For 2011, the employer's social security tax rate is 6.2 percent and the employer's Medicare tax rate is 1.45 percent for a total of 7.65 percent. However, the employee's social security tax rate is 4.2 percent though the employee still pays the full 1.45 percent Medicare rate. In ...

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This solution illustrates how to compute and journalize the employer's tax liability and the employer's liability for taxes withheld from employees.