State Agencies Bulletin No. 300

Changes in Federal Income Tax Withholding Tables, Earned Income Tax Credits and Social Security/Medicare Deductions for the Year 2002
Date Issued
December 28, 2001


To advise agencies of changes in withholding allowances and maximum Social Security Tax.

Affected Employees

All employees.

Effective Date(s)

New rates will be reflected in the Administration checks dated January 2, 2002 and Institution checks dated January 10, 2002.

Tax Tables

The value of a withholding allowance has been increased to $57.69 weekly, $115.38 biweekly, $250.00 monthly and $3000 annually. To request a copy of the Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide, contact the IRS at the toll-free number 1-800-829-3676 or visit their website at to view this publication.

The New York State Payroll System calculates taxes based on the annual table.

Advance Payment of Earned Income Credit

In 2002, employees whose earned income is less than $29,201 may be eligible for the advance payment of the Earned Income Credit (EIC), with a maximum credit of $1,503. The new 2002 tables for calculating the credits are also included in the circular E.

Eligible employees must complete a new W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate each year. Copies of the forms may be obtained from IRS.

Social Security- Medicare Deductions

The 2002 Social Security tax will be calculated at 6.2% on the first $84,900 of wages resulting in a maximum Social Security tax deduction of $5,263.80. The 1.45% Medicare tax will apply to all taxable wages, as there is no wage cap.


Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Payroll Deductions mailbox.