March 6, 2012

Payroll Tax Holiday Extended…Again

On February 22, 2012, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-96). This law extends the 2% point payroll tax “holiday” through December 31, 2012.  As a result, for 2012, employees will pay only 4.2% Social Security tax on wages up to $110,100 (wage base for 2012).  The employer rate of 6.2% remains unchanged. 

This Social Security payroll tax holiday was initially only applicable for the 2011 tax year and expired December 31, 2011.  About that same time, President Obama signed a temporary 2-month extension of the holiday through February 29, 2012 (see Temporary Extension of Reduced Social Security Tax Rates from the January 2012 Benefit Beat). 

The IRS has recently released a revised Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return, for reporting the newly extended payroll tax “holiday” through 2012.


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