Stimulus Package Provision Reduces Employee Income Taxes

The “Making Work Pay” provision of the stimulus package will reduce income tax withholding for majority of employees.

The IRS has just released the changes to the income tax withholding tables used to calculate employees’ tax withholdings from their pay checks. The change comes from the $400 to $800 refundable tax credit provided under the stimulus package. This tax credit will be provided to employees through out 2009 and 2010 by changing the tax withholding from their normal paychecks. This credit is for employees making less than $75,000 individually or $150,000 for married couples. A new W-4 form is not needed to claim this tax change.  StaffScapes  recommends that employees with multiple jobs or couples that combined put them in higher tax brackets should contact their tax advisor to verify and/or revise their W-4.

The IRS has made it clear that the new tax withholding tables are to be used as soon as possible, but at the latest by April 1, 2009.  As of Monday, March 2, 2009, StaffScapes’ employees will have the advantage of having their checks processed using the new tax tables, resulting in more “take home” pay for most employees.  Additional information about the stimulus package, including the “Making Work Pay” provision, can be found on the IRS website at:,,id=204335,00.html?portlet=6.