Tax Policy Center

payroll tax

Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In its semi-annual fiscal update released this week, the Congressional Budget Office projects that federal revenues will remain flat over the next decade, while spending—mostly for health care and Social Security—will rise. The result: Budget deficits, which have been declining in recent years as
August 27, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
While policymakers obsess about the income tax, they often lose sight of an important detail: For two-thirds of households, the levy that matters most is the payroll tax. According to a new report by the Joint Committee on Taxation, the 80 million tax filers making $40,000 or less will collectively
April 2, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Nothing gets lawmakers and pundits more outraged than government’s proverbial waste, fraud, and abuse. Nearly always, these stories involve spending. But taxes are hardly immune. One case of pure waste involves a simple math mistake that will cost the Treasury $5 billion in lost revenue over the
July 1, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The tax subsidy for employer-sponsored health insurance is huge. Not only are the premiums exempt from income tax, they are also immune from Social Security payroll tax. The two subsidies combined will add more than $1.6 trillion to the deficit over the next five years alone. But because that
May 8, 2014Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Over the next decade, the individual income tax will be the fastest growing source of federal revenue, according to new estimates by the Congressional Budget...
February 6, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
While relatively few low-income people pay federal income tax, a large and growing share owe Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, according to new estimates...
September 12, 2013Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Just two weeks ago, I discussed potential tax issues a same-sex married couple could face if they live in a state that doesn’t recognize their...
August 30, 2013Roberton C. Williams
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The White House has put out the word that President Obama’s budget will propose changing the way government adjusts benefits for Social Security and other...
April 9, 2013Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
2013 is a tough year if you owe payroll tax, as most of us do. Not only did the 2010 payroll tax cut die at...
April 5, 2013Roberton C. Williams
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
Just as Congress allowed the 2011-12 payroll tax cut to expire, new research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York suggests that such tax...
January 29, 2013Howard Gleckman