Families will see a smaller paycheck starting this year

January 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Families across the Valley will see a smaller paycheck starting this year. The shrink in salaries is because of a change that took place in Washington.

Starting this year people in the Valley will notice a drop in their paychecks and many aren't thrilled about the cut. "I am really not happy about it but I know there's not a lot we can do about it," said Ron Schuster.

"There are still bills to pay. We still have car payments, car insurance," said Catherine Donato.

The dip in pay is triggered by the expiration of the payroll tax break which was passed in 2011. Back then, lawmakers in the nation's capital agreed to cut payroll taxes which fund social security from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent. But this year Congress didn't pass that's two percent tax break.

"What we are experiencing now is really just a reversion to what previously was the tax rate," said tax attorney, Jarrod Kiyuna. "Unless you had more than a two percent raise it means your take-home pay is less this month than it was even last month," Kiyuna added.

Financial experts say the average worker who earns $50,000 annually will see about an extra $1,000 bucks cut from their stubs every year. One small business owners is hoping that decrease in pay won't hurt business at her salon. "Anytime there is an effect in somebody's income, as business owners it can cause us to feel a little uncertain about how the client is going to react," said Tammie Riley.