Many of you asked to see the envelope stuffer used by HR Morning subscriber Kelly Kline to explain the stimulus-package changes to her employees. She was kind enough to send it in for posting on the site. Here it is. Feel free to cut and paste. (And let’s hear it for Kelly!)
President Obama’s Stimulus Tax Change
You will see reduced Federal tax withholdings effective on this check due to the stimulus tax changes going into effect. This means you may need to adjust your W-4 based on your individual tax position. You will need to speak with your tax preparer to decide if and how you should adjust this. Please review exceptions and requirements for eligibility. We cannot advise you on this matter and will not do so, as per the law.
This is a result of the Stimulus Bill recently signed by President Obama that includes the “Making Work Pay Tax Credit.” This tax credit is automatically applied to your check which is why you need to verify if you have to adjust your W-4 form tax settings. The IRS has revised the tax withholding tables so that taxpayers can see a tax benefit this year. Employers are required to implement the new withholding rates no later than April 1, 2009. Employees will not need to do anything to take advantage of the new withholding rates.
Who Qualifies & Who Doesn’t
1. Only U.S. citizens and resident aliens with a valid Social Security number are eligible for the Making Work Pay credit.
2. Anyone claimed as a dependent is not eligible for the credit. That means kids who are working, including college students, who are still claimed as dependents, are not eligible for the credit. Because the paycheck withholding is going to be adjusted by employers, working dependents may need to adjust the withholding annually to avoid owing tax at the end of the year.
3. Non-resident aliens, estates, and trusts do not qualify for the Making Work Pay tax credit.
4. However, individuals and couples with multiple jobs may need to adjust their withholding to have more taxes taken out if they expect not to qualify for the tax credit based on their total income.
a. This also applies to working dependents (who are not eligible for the credit) or working retirees (who may be eligible for a reduced credit).
5. The Making Work Pay credit starts to be reduced for individual filers making $75,000 in modified adjusted gross income, or $150,000 for joint filers. The credit is reduced by 2% of the amount of income in excess of $75,000 (or $150,000) threshold. The credit is completely phased out for individuals making $95,000 or more, or $190,000 for joint filers.
This information is being provided as a courtesy to employees so they can make the correct choices for their tax settings for this year and next year.
The IRS will help you calculate your 2009 W-4. You will need your 2008 return and your last paycheck stub. Go to http://www.irs.gov/individuals/page/0,,id=14806,00.html