How to Calculate Florida Payroll Taxes

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Payroll taxes in Florida are defined as the tax taken from the paychecks of all employees. This includes federal withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. When an employee is hired, he is required to fill out a form W-4, which tells employers how much withholding to take from each paycheck and send to the federal government. Each employee's W-4 will differ from the next, as their withholding is based on their marital status and number of dependents.

Determine how much withholding to take from your employees based on the information they provided on their W-4 forms. Some employees may be exempt from withholding for a number of reasons, so be sure to check for this information on form W-4.

Calculate federal withholding based on the information located on each employee's W-4. For additional help, use the Free Payroll Tax Calculator (see Resources).

Figure Social Security withholding, as of 2013, by multiplying an employees gross income by 0.062. For example, for an employee with a gross income of $2,000, multiplied by the Social Security rate of 0.062, the Social Security withholding would be $124.

Figure Medicare withholding by multiplying gross income by 0.0145 to come up with the amount to withhold for Medicare for each employee.


  • All employees use the same payroll tax rates for Medicare and Social Security withholding. All employees will have different circumstances and amounts withheld for federal withholding, all based on each employees W-4.