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Paycheck A Little Smaller? Here's Why...

You may have been spared from paying more in income taxes, but there still could have been a hit to your paycheck after the Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal was reached earlier this month. Here's all you need to know...

If you take a close look at your first 2013 paystub you will probably notice that Uncle Sam took a bigger chunk of your pay for Social Security.

Taxpayers got a temporary holiday from paying the full 6.2 percent beginning in 2011, but that is over thanks to the fiscal cliff tax deal reached earlier this month.

That legislation stopped the income tax hikes for most Americans, but the Social Security payroll tax holiday was allowed to expire. AOL explains it like this:

Social security is financed by a 12.4 percent tax on wages, with employers paying half and workers paying the other half. During the temporary holiday, the employee contribution was reduced to 4.2 percent in 2011 and 2012, saving a typical family about $1,000 a year. 

To see this in a different way, check out this bar graph showing how much more in taxes people will have to pay by income.

In all Wisconsin Patches, we asked on Facebook how much lighter your paycheck was and how you felt about it. Here’s what people had to say:

Patricia Allen: For those of us with nothing extra there is less and less spent at local businesses..it is the small businesses that will ultimately be killed as we squeeze the middle and lower income groups. However the tax that you speak of was the payroll tax that has been brought back after a temporary cut. The loopholes for the wealthy, the corporate welfare, and the excessive loopholes for those who don't pay property taxes are all squeezing more and more of us into poverty. But some still believe we should buy into "oh woe is me ... I am a wealthy person"... wrong! And the corporate buying of our elections is ruining this nation.

Brenda Bredahl: Um...quickly we forgot that we got a 2 percent increase in pay from the social security in 2010 for federal economic stimulus ... Now that tax holiday is over that's all

Christina Andersen: if they tax us then they should tax welfare checks too.

Mike Bergman: Tax welfare. Because people on welfare who have kids can get tax credits for having kids with never paying taxes. I believe you can this a evil rich person loop hole

Christopher Gagne: WI is lowering it's income tax, balanced a budget, operating in a surplus, and is moving forward. The Fed is raising taxes, social security, etc., operating at a huge deficit and climbing with NO outlook to change it's course of hitting 17 trillion, and our Country is falling behind in many areas of basic life, not to mention digging a grave to sleep in. Our Country would have been headed toward the same direction if Roney/Ryan were elected, but we continue with the failed leadership & policy of Obamanation.

Arwen Hall: It's an ignorant suggestion to say "welfare checks" should be taxed! that's asking for more government, not less. Just because a welfare recipient does not pay income taxes does not mean they don't pay any taxes. Recipients of "welfare checks" do pay such levies as sales tax, gasoline tax, phone and utility taxes. Many politically well-connected corporations are also parasitically draining their share of fiscal blood from your paycheck before you ever see it. It’s called corporate welfare. The government spends more on corporate welfare subsidies than social welfare programs.

Casey Rouse: I'll pay over $1,000 more into a dysfunctional ss system this year because of the hijacking of our social security by politicians. It should be our own account that the ignorant politicians can't touch. Add the 12% tax increase from mayor Dickert and the worst councilmen in the world, and you have a perfect storm against job growth in Racine.

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Gus Johnson January 15, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Perhaps you should expand this article into how the implementation of Obamacare will continue to impose continued tax increases on us. The reduction of the FSA benefits down to $2500 this year and complete elimination in 2014. The implementation of taxing healthcare costs provided by your employer as income etc. All of this hammers the middle class.
Gus Johnson January 15, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Before you call me a righty, as a right leaning voter I actually don't have a problem with this or restoring tax rates to Clinton era. I don't consider those tax increases. The tax implications that Obamacare will drop on the middle class needs to be clearly explained so that everyone understands what is going to happen. Those 2000+ pages of legislature are chocked full of tax increases that all directly bury the MC.
mainstreet January 16, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Gus, did you read all 2,000 pages? Neither did Nancy or everyone who said yes. We don't really know whats coming. Buy guns, buy ammo, buy gold, buy silver, The future is bleak. Protect your loved ones.

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