Who’s FICA and Why Does He Get All My Money? Americans Extremely Confused About the Taxes Taken Out of their Paycheck

Only 36 percent of Americans correctly identified FICA as the taxes used to pay for Social Security and Medicare and 59 percent don’t realize employers pay a matching amount of FICA taxes for each employee, according to the Job Creators Network/ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse, released today.

“According to our survey, Americans who pay billions in taxes to the FICA system every year have little idea where that money goes or how it comes out of their paycheck,” said Elaine Parker, President of the Job Creators Network Foundation.

The Weekly Pulse also found that 49 percent of Americans were unsure if they paid more in federal income taxes or in FICA payroll taxes. 38 percent said they paid more in federal income taxes, while 14 percent said they paid more in FICA taxes.

“Believe it or not, 35 percent of Americans said figuring out their payroll taxes was harder than deciphering the extra fees on their cell phone bill—that’s how you know it’s confusing,” said Parker.

35 percent said it was harder to figure out payroll taxes, while 42 percent said figuring out their cell phone bill was more difficult—22 percent said they couldn’t figure out either one.

In another question this week Americans were asked how much federal tax is fair to pay if you were to win $20 million in the lottery. Only 10% of Americans thought you should pay more than $10 million of the $20 million in taxes, 32 percent said $5 million is fair, 28 percent thought $1 million is fair and 30 percent thought you shouldn’t have to pay any taxes at all.

Even among Democrats, who according to recent Hill/HarrisX poll seemed to be in favor of Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a 70% tax rate on income over 10 million changed their tune when they imagined themselves with more than $10 million in income. Only 11 percent of Democrats favored more paying more than $10 million on $20 million in winnings, 33 percent thought $5 million was fair, 30% thought $1 million was fair, and 27% thought they shouldn’t have to pay taxes at all.

Other polling questions this week included:

How would you rate the US economy today? Excellent (10%), Good (35%), Fair (37%), Poor (14%), Not sure (4%).

Is the economy getting better or worse? Better (29%), Worse (30%), About the same (32%), Not sure (9%).

Okay, how would you rate your own personal finances these days? Excellent (10%), Good (36%), Fair (33%), Poor (18%), Not sure (3%).

Are your personal finances getting better or worse? Better (31%), Worse (17%), About the same (47%), Not sure (4%).

Are companies in your area more likely to be hiring new workers or laying off existing workers? Hiring new workers (39%), Laying off existing workers (19%), Not sure (42%).

This ScottRasmussen.com/HarrisX poll of 1,118 US adults was conducted Jan. 28-29, 2019. For more information about the Job Creators Network, please visit www.JobCreatorsNetwork.com.



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