Do you know what the deal is with the Making Work Pay Tax Credit? I got an email from my employer about it today, but I couldn’t figure out if it was an actual tax cut. I was reading about it on some websites, and it sounds like if we qualify (which I’m pretty sure we do) then our withholding tax will automatically be reduced, but then it also sounds like we’ll get back a smaller a tax refund next year. So are we really making any money or is it just getting moved around?
The “Make Work Pay” tax credit is the tax credit that went to individuals in the Economic Recovery Stimulus Plan for 2009 that was recently passed into law. It is being applied as a reduction in your payroll withholdings rather than receiving a lump sum check. You may have read articles in the newspaper about the “$13 dollars a week” tax credit. This is the tax credit those articles were referring to. My understanding is that your employer handles the tax credit and you do nothing. Then when you file your 2009 taxes, you claim that you received the tax credit on your taxes, but it doesn’t add or deduct anything from your tax liabilty.
Anyone else have any insight to this tax credit? I am definitely not an expert when it comes to this stuff. Here is the link from the IRS website, but it’s not exactly crystal clear.