How The Medicare SurTax Rates Work

The Medicare tax associated with ACA only affects those with higher MAGIs (Modified Adjusted Gross Income).

Those MAGIs are $250,000 Married Filing Jointly and $200,00 Single.

Here’s a chart that, whilst it does nothing to alleviate the pain, perhaps serves to alleviate the confusion over this 3.8% medicare tax (click on chart to view larger size):


The new medicare tax goes into effect in 2013.  In 3 1/2 months. So, time to start thinking about your income tax strategy if this affects you.

While you don’t want the tax tail to wag the investment dog, it still makes sense to ensure you at least know how any profits you take against your sales will be impacted with the medicare tax.

At the end of the day, it’s a nice problem to have.

(Chart courtesy of Fidelity Investments.)