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by Andrea Coombes
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
provided by Market Watch
Credit for Workers
Those taxpayers eligible for the "make work pay" credit -- up to $400 for single workers and $800 for couples -- may want to assess their withholding before this credit starts showing up in their paychecks.
The credit, available in 2009 and 2010, was trimmed to $400 per worker per year, from a draft stimulus bill's $500 payout.
The credit begins to phase out for single filers with adjusted gross income of $75,000 and married-filing-joint filers with AGI of $150,000. The credit isn't available to taxpayers with AGI topping $95,000 for single filers and $190,000 for joint filers, according to CCH.
It's still uncertain exactly how the credit will be paid out. While some tax experts say employers will automatically adjust workers' paychecks, others say that's not so.
"There's supposed to be a choice between having it as a credit on your tax return or having it deducted from your payroll taxes," Luscombe said. "I would think the employee would have to make some input on that regard, rather than having the employer automatically start the deduction. Some people have suggested maybe a revised W-4 would have to be submitted [to] reflect the employee's choice."
That means workers will need to decide whether they want the money in their paycheck or as a tax refund later. Given the variability of individual's tax situations, some taxpayers could find the credit leads to a larger-than-expected refund come tax time in April 2010 -- or a bill for money owed (if, say, a couple's overall income picture means they're not eligible for a credit but a spouse received one anyway).
Meanwhile, some fixed-income people -- including those who receive Social Security, railroad retirement benefits and veterans' benefits -- will get a one-time $250 payment, a decrease from $300 in an earlier draft of the bill.
Please can anyone quess how this will really work? This was just a part of the post from Market Watch. Like all of the things that the new Pres. has promised, this excert from his bill looks like double talk also.