Payroll Tax Cut Extended Through 2012– February 17, 2012

Congress has extended the 2% cut in Social Security taxes, effective through December 31, 2012. The extension will allow employees to continue paying 4.2% up to $110,100 in wages earned; self-employed individuals will continue to pay 10.4% up to $110,100. The employer contribution towards Social Security will remain at 6.2%. President Obama is expected to sign the measure by the end of the month.

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