Social Security Tax Wage Base Increase in 2020

Along with the 1.6% increase in Social Security benefits in 2020 you have an increase in the wage base maximum for the 6.2% Social Security tax from $132,900 to $137,700.

This means the maximum that can be withheld in 2020 is $8537.4 up from $8,239.80 in 2019. This tax applies to most forms of stock compensation (not ISOs or tax-qualified ESPPs). For more on the taxes and withholding, see the Tax Center on site myStockOptions at


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