Dorothy begin working for the F. & R Lazarus & Company in 1941 as a fashion artist with the advertizing department. After her death and the death of the executor of her estate (brother Russell Leach), this webmaster located an envelope with Dorothy's yearly salary statements that showed earnings and withheld taxes in 1943, and for every year from 1946 to 1969. By 1969 with 28 years of experience at Lazarus and previous experience at Dunn-Tafts (1933-1941), Dorothy was the head fashion artist working full time (12 months a year). Her gross income was $10,575.00. With all the withheld taxes, her net income was only $7,875.45. Her actual income was likely less than that after filing tax returns. For example, in 1946, her gross income was $2075.56. Her net take home before filing was $1,868.46. Lazarus had withheld $206.10 for Federal Taxes. When Dorothy filed her taxes, she owed the government an additional $66.33, so her actual net salary after taxes that year was: $1802.13.
* City Tax was not deducted from Dorothy's salary until 1947.
**F.I.C.A. (The Federal Insurance Contributions Act) consists of Social Security and Medicare Taxes. Dorothy's pay stub reflects that there was no FICA tax prior to 1951.
*** Dorothy's W-2 showed no payment for City Tax was deducted from Dorothy's 1964 pay.