The Making Work Pay Tax Credit Takes Effect April 1

In an information released on February 21 IRS reported that most workers will see bigger paychecks this spring. It is because the Making Work Pay Tax Credit is taking effect on April 1 of 2009. For most taxpayers, the additional credit will automatically start showing up in their paychecks this spring.

According to CNN report "President Obama has asked that all employers adjust their payroll systems by Wednesday so eligible workers can start receiving the new Making Work Pay tax credit through their paychecks. The credit, available for 2009 and 2010, was a part of the economic recovery package lawmakers passed in February."

April 1 is the effective date for employers to implement the new making work pay credit through reduced withholding. Keep in mind that Uncle Sam wants you to spend the little extra money in your pay check called Making Work Pay.

Employers need to know that the IRS has issued updated withholding tables to help you implement the withholding adjustments required by the new economic stimulus law. News release 2009-13 includes information about these tables.

More details about the Making Work Pay credit are available in Publication 15-T, New Wage Withholding and Advance Earned Income Credit Payment Tables (For Wages Paid Through 2009).
General Information

For 2009 and 2010, the Making Work Pay provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide a refundable tax credit of up to $400 for working individuals and $800 for married taxpayers filing joint returns.

This tax credit will be calculated at a rate of 6.2 percent of earned income and will phase out for taxpayers with adjusted gross income in excess of $75,000, or $150,000 for married couples filing jointly.

For people who receive a paycheck and are subject to withholding, the credit will typically be handled by their employers through automated withholding changes in early spring. These changes may result in an increase in take-home pay. The amount of the credit must be reported on the employee's 2009 income tax return filed in 2010. Taxpayers who do not have taxes withheld by an employer during the year can also claim the credit on their 2009 tax return.

It is not necessary to submit a Form W-4 to get the automatic withholding change. However, an employee with multiple jobs or married couples whose combined incomes place them in a higher tax bracket may elect to submit a revised W-4 to ensure enough withholding is held to cover the tax for his or her combined income. Publication 919 provides additional guidance for tax withholding including a special Making Work Pay worksheet.

The Making Work Pay Tax Credit is available to those with earned income. It's worth up to $400 a year for single filers and $800 for joint filers.

Based on IRS.gov materials.

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