Thursday, January 3, 2013
Most Americans will take home 2 percent less money this year due to a Social Security payroll tax increase.
Despite a fiscal cliff deal being reached, working Americans will see less money in their paychecks this year. A temporary reduction in the Social Security tax was not reinstated by the federal government, meaning our paychecks will shrink by 2 percent. “When Illinois changed their tax by 2 percent, people really didn’t notice it because Social Security taxes were lowered at the same time,” said accountant David Robbins with Nieminski Robbins and Associates Certified Public Accountants in South Barrington and Chicago. “Now the temporary lowering of the 2 percent is gone so people are going to see less take home pay.” Robbins explained that the first $113,000 of income is taxed under the Social Security payroll tax policy. This means that…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Dold chairs some of debate as term draws to a close.
North Shore members of Congress joined forces in unusual ways Tuesday to help the country avoid the fiscal cliff after weeks of drama, threats and fear as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted New Year's Day to avert higher taxes for most Americans. After the Senate made its move in the wee hours of the day with an 89-8 tally, the House voted late Tuesday, 257-167, to pass the measure with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) on the same side for one of the few times in the 112th Congress. Earlier: What falling off the fiscal cliff could cost you? That heads off tax increases for about 99 percent of Americans, the Los Angeles Times reported. Dold joined only 89 other Republicans—and 167 …
Many Republicans joined Democrats to head off the much-ballyhooed fiscal cliff. Will this help the economy here in the Chicago suburbs? What about your own income?
After weeks of drama, threats and fear in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Senate and House voted on New Year's Day to avert the fiscal cliff. After the Senate made its move in the wee hours of the day, the House voted late Tuesday to raise taxes on individuals earning more than $400,000 ($450,000 for couples), the New York Times reported. Earlier: What falling off the fiscal cliff could cost you. That heads off tax increases for about 99 percent of Americans, the Los Angeles Times reported. How does that affect us on the ground here in the Chicago suburbs? Will your family's paycheck(s) remain the same, as opposed to being shrunk? How does that affect your family? The deal means there will not be spending cuts on programs, such as Medicare, …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tax rate increases and federal budget cuts are set to go into place on Jan. 1 and could cause another recession.
It appears that automatic federal tax increases and budget cuts will occur Jan. 1, CNN reported. The so-called fiscal cliff is a crisis created out of politics. Without congressional action, the Bush tax cuts will disappear and tax rates will rise across the board. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the 10 percent tax bracket will disappear. Also, the 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent rates would become 28, 31, 36 and 39.6 respectively. A single person with two exemptions earning $50,000 per year will see income taxes increase from $7,103 to $8,551 per year, according to a fiscal cliff calculator published by Bankrate.com. If you want to know the affect on your income, use the Bankrate.com calculator to plug in the …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Patch and Starbucks are working together to ask Republicans and Democrats to join forces to avoid the fiscal cliff.
- Jon Brod
Friday, December 28, 2012
As an organization, Patch is built on the idea of strengthening local communities and bringing democracy to life. Our network of websites delivers not only relevant, hyper-local information, but also amplifies the voices of our users. And with difficult choices facing our elected officials in the coming days and weeks, the need for citizens to speak up and be heard has never been greater. It is why I am proud to announce that starting this week, Patch is partnering with Starbucks – another staple of the community – on its “Come Together” initiative. Just as Patch serves great content and Starbucks serves delicious coffee, we need Democrats and Republicans to join forces and serve meaningful solutions to the pending financial obstacles our …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
If Congress fails to pass an extension of the Bush era tax cuts by midnight Monday, American paychecks will get smaller. You can use the fiscal cliff calculator to see the impact on your paycheck.
With leaders of Congress becoming more and more skeptical a deal will be reached before midnight Monday to avoid the fiscal cliff, it becomes more likely American paychecks will get smaller Tuesday, according to a story in today’s New York Times. “I have to be very honest,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in the New York Times article. “I don’t know time-wise how it can happen now.” The Senate reconvened today in an unusual session between Christmas and Jan. 1. Even if the Senate passes legislation, the House of Representatives will not come back into session until Sunday barely 24 hours before the deadline, according to a story today on Politico. If no deal is reached, a single person with two exemptions earning $50,000 per year …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
North Shore Congressman recounts achievement of his term in what may be one of his last floor speeches.
In what may have been one of his final speeches on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) told his colleagues serving in Congress has been one of the proudest achievements of his life. In the weeks remaining in his term, he expressed hope a deal could be structured to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff of the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts and mandated spending reductions. Earlier: Schneider Beats Dold in 10th District Race “Governing in a democracy is not easy,” Dold said. “It requires compromise. It requires working together. As I’ve often said, putting people before politics and progress before partisanship is the only way we can move this country forward and have a …