Social Security is the nation’s basic method of providing a continuing income when family earnings are reduced or stopped because of retirement, disability, or death.
With a few exceptions, the State of Louisiana does not participate in the Social Security program. If you are enrolled in a Louisiana state retirement plan, you do not pay Social Security tax; however, if you were hired after April 1, 1986, you are required to pay the Medicare portion of the FICA tax (1.45 percent of your salary).
You are eligible for FICA/Social Security if you are a temporary or part-time classified or an academic/professional appointment, or on a WAE (while actually employed) temporary appointment. Your contribution is 6.2 percent of your gross salary. If you are a nonresident alien with a J or F visa and you meet the “Substantial presence” test, you must pay Social Security taxes.