March 6th, 2018, 03:17 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: seattle Posts: 377 Thanks: 10  Find net pay
Sue Tomlin is paid a salary of \$440 per week plus 7% of all sales over \$5000. She is single and claims two withholding allowances each one at 70.19 . Her deductions include FICA, Medicare, federal withholding, state disability insurance, state withholding, credit union savings of \$50, a Salvation Army contribution of \$10, and dues of \$15 to a professional sales association. Find her net pay for a week in April during which she has sales of \$12,938.00 with returns and allowances of \$417.58. Use the percentage method of withholding, a FICA rate of 6.2%, a Medicare rate of 1.45%, an SDI rate of 1%, and a state withholding tax of 3.4%. if okay to ask it here I can then try to share the other information, tables, and what I am thinking my steps would be...if not allowed here thanks for those that at least looked...I have just been going around in circles for hrs now on this one... Last edited by greg1313; March 7th, 2018 at 05:32 PM. 
March 6th, 2018, 03:27 PM  #2  
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March 6th, 2018, 06:29 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: May 2016 From: USA Posts: 1,300 Thanks: 549 
I see no reason why it is not suitable to post this problem in this forum. Admittedly, it is just a problem in arithmetic, but it is far more convoluted arithmetic than would be posted in a normal arithmetic forum. I personally seldom give answers, especially on such a time consuming problem, but I shall be happy to review your work. 
March 7th, 2018, 06:09 AM  #4  
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Sue Tomlin is paid a salary of 440 per week plus 7% of all sales over 5000 during the week. She is single and claims a withholding allowance of 140.38. Her deductions include FICA, Medicare, federal withholding, state disability insurance, and state withholding. Also deducted is 75 (credit union savings).**** Find her net pay for a week during which she has sales of 12,938.00 with returns and allowances of 417.58. Use the percentage method of withholding, a FICA rate of 6.2%, a Medicare rate of 1.45%, an SDI rate of 1%, and a state withholding tax of 3.4%. ****You can forget about this one while doing the net pay calculation: just deduct it after everything else is done. Agree? Last edited by Denis; March 7th, 2018 at 06:25 AM.  
March 7th, 2018, 10:50 AM  #5  
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March 7th, 2018, 11:03 AM  #6  
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Hello Denis!!! Thanks times 2!!!! yes I agree so I know the first thing I am unsure about is...I believe I have to subtract the allowances of 417.58 from the 12,938.00 then multiply the now 12520.42 x .07 so we get her commission of 876.43 since it has been rounded up now we add her salary of $440 to 876.43 to get 1316.43 then in order to find out her federal withholding we subtract the 140.38 from her salary to get 1176.05 and then compare this to the table I have / we have to find out what to subtract from the original salary? and then multiply that new number by the percentage given on the table?  
March 7th, 2018, 12:12 PM  #7 
Math Team Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 13,938 Thanks: 984 
Well, I'm certainly no better than you at "payroll" processing. My buddy Jeff seems to be familiar; perhaps he will keep his promise to help you with this...but be careful: he may at same time direct the 75 bucks savings deduction to be directly deposited to his account 
March 7th, 2018, 12:53 PM  #8  
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: seattle Posts: 377 Thanks: 10  Quote:
ah Okay well thanks for at least giving a comment and for helping in the ways you did I am working on the same problem again but different numbers so maybe if I give those numbers and the answer here of what I got and the number they got... it will help even more...  
March 7th, 2018, 01:19 PM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: seattle Posts: 377 Thanks: 10 
so the new problem I am working on is the same type of problem but some numbers have changed...her salary is now 480.00 her sales are now 11068.00 with returns of 488.65 but from what I can tell everything else is the same so the numbers I am getting are... her salary of 480.00 + her percentage of sales 424.76 gives her a salary of 904.76 her with holding allowances are still 140.38. so this makes her new salary 764.38 if I am reading the table right... we subtract 696.00 from 764.38 = 68.38 then * .25 = 17.10 rounded up.... I will share this while I find the other numbers.... so until I get help finding my mistakes I want to go like this... 97.70 = federal withholding 56.10 = Fica 13.12 = mdeicare 9.05 = SDI 30.76 = state withholding 75.00 = other deductions then subtracting this from her salary I would think her net pay would be 623.03 but the computer is telling me the answer should be 601.51 plus or minus .01 so I don't understand why I am over so much? Last edited by GIjoefan1976; March 7th, 2018 at 01:32 PM. Reason: new numbers... 
March 7th, 2018, 04:56 PM  #10 
Math Team Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 13,938 Thanks: 984 
Can you EXPLAIN these two items: withholding allowance: 140.38 returns and allowances: 488.65 Seems to me that the 488.65 is a sales reduction, so sales = 11068.00  488.65 = 10579.35 Did you use the 140.38 as a reduction to total income before calculating the federal tax? That's what I gathered from googling... I'm not familiar with your income tax rules!! 

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