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What are Payroll Deductions?

Payroll deductions are amounts that are withheld from an employee's pay for various purposes. Payroll deductions may be required by law, such as taxes, or they may be optional, such as contributions to a retirement plan or health insurance premiums.

Common examples of payroll deductions include:

  • Federal and state income taxes: Taxes withheld from an employee's pay based on their income and tax rate.
  • Social Security and Medicare taxes: Taxes withheld from an employee's pay to fund the Social Security and Medicare programs.
  • Retirement plan contributions: Contributions to a retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or pension plan, made from an employee's pay.
  • Health insurance premiums: Contributions to an employee's health insurance plan made from their pay.
  • Other optional deductions: Contributions to charitable organizations or other optional deductions may also be withheld from an employee's pay.

Payroll deductions are typically calculated based on an employee's pay rate and the number of hours they work, and they are generally deducted from an employee's pay on a regular basis, such as every pay period. Payroll deductions are typically managed by the employer's payroll department or a third-party payroll service provider.