State Disability Insurance (SDI) Tax

The State Disability Insurance (SDI) program provides temporary benefit payments to workers for non work-related disabilities. SDI tax also provides Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits. PFL is a component of SDI and extends benefits to individuals unable to work because they need to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.

SDI is a deduction from employees’ wages. Employers withhold a percentage for SDI on the first $104,378 in wages paid to each employee in a calendar year.

The 2015 SDI tax rate is 0.9 percent (.009) of SDI taxable wages per employee, per year. SDI is set by the California State Legislature and may change yearly. This includes the rate for PFL. The maximum tax is $939.40 per employee, per year ($104,378 x .009).

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