Early in season 1 of Friends, Rachel Green brandishes her first-ever paycheck to the gang, rips open the envelope, and then puzzles, “Who’s FICA? Why’s he getting all my money?” If only she knew the half of it. For every dollar deducted from her check by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (which collects the “payroll taxes” for Social Security and Medicare), her boss at the coffee shop had to pay one to the government as well. Read more here....
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