FICA taxes

FICA Payments in Late Life & Medicare Part B Premium Anomaly

I have two questions:

1. My reports show small amounts of FICA taxes paid for both spouses starting at ages 72 and 71 and continuing until death. We won't have any wage income, so what does this mean?

2. I am in the fortunate group that will pay a higher Part B premium after starting SS at age 70 due to exceeding the income threshold for the minimum premium. Possibly related to Question 1, the total spending shows a jump in Part B premium in the year when we attain ages 73 and 72, but I would have expected the jump earlier. Is this a bug?

Paul G

FICA taxes generated from Special Receipts entered as Ordinary Income

I'm entering Special Receipts from oil & gas royalty payments for 2014-2018. Since these royalty payments are taxable, albeit subject to complex depletion allowances, I've selected Ordinary Income. However, that appears to cause ESPlanner to generate FICA taxes, which I believe is not correct. Is there a better way to model taxable royalty income w/o generating FICA taxes? In this case, there are no other income sources that would generate FICA taxes.