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WSJ: How Much Will Your Taxes Jump?

4:01 pm - 01/15/2013

In the nick of time, and amid much political drama, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act on New Year's Day—averting massive tax increases for nearly all earners that were slated to take effect Jan. 1

Even so, millions of people soon will feel something less than relief from the new law.

While the top 1% of taxpayers will bear the biggest burden, many other families, affluent and poor, will pay more as well.

The most immediate change affects nearly all workers: Congress allowed a two-percentage-point cut for the employee portion of the Social Security tax to expire. As a result, each will owe up to $2,425 more in payroll tax this year than in 2012.

Beyond that, the new law's effects will be highly individualized—and in some cases highly painful.

"Many affluent people in exactly the same financial position as last year will see a substantial tax increase," says David Kautter, a director of the Kogod Tax Center at American University.

Back-Door Tax Increases

At first glance the law appears simple. In terms of income tax, for example, only the highest tax rate in 2012—the 35% bracket—will increase in 2013, to 39.6%. And that applies only to individuals with at least $400,000 of taxable income or couples with at least $450,000.

But there are two backdoor tax increases that will apply to people earning far less—$250,000 for singles and $300,000 for couples...


More at the   Source   but I had to post this photo... I seriously can't tell if this is supposed to be satire or not. Those example couples are jaw-dropping. 
lickety_split 16th-Jan-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Am I supposed to feel sorry for these people making six-figures or something?
miischelle 16th-Jan-2013 01:50 am (UTC)
nesmith 16th-Jan-2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Seriously. Boohoo for the single person making almost ten times what I do.
moonshaz 17th-Jan-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
And another boohoo, plus a big fuck you, for the retired couple who are making several times more than my husband and I have ever made when we were both fully employed.
nesmith 17th-Jan-2013 12:44 am (UTC)
For real. If you can afford food, shelter, clothing, and more besides, I am not wasting any sympathy. There are three earners in my household and collectively we don't even get near $100,000.00.
unrulybadger 16th-Jan-2013 02:46 am (UTC)
I know, right? I seriously laughed at the notion of a single person having a way larger income than both my parents' combined.

Edited at 2013-01-16 02:46 am (UTC)
ebay313 16th-Jan-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
alryssa 16th-Jan-2013 04:56 am (UTC)
A single parent earning $260k? What planet does this person live on?
hinoema 16th-Jan-2013 05:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, and you notice that the art style deliberately gives the impression that, for instance, Ms. $260,000 is destitute and starving? In fact, if I'm not mistaken, the composition is a deliberate ripoff of the infamous 'dustbowl survivor' image.


It's definitely stylistically similar.


Edited at 2013-01-16 05:11 am (UTC)
moonshaz 17th-Jan-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
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