Senate and House Agree on Payroll Tax Cut for 2012

February 16, 2012 ( – The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a plan to extend the social security payroll tax cut and expand unemployment benefits for the remainder of 2012. 

According to news reports, the 2% cut in the 6.2% Social Security payroll tax will run through the end of the year. For a family earning $50,000 a year, the cut saves them approximately $1,000 annually.

A two-month extension to the payroll tax cut, approved in December, was set to expire on March 1 unless Congress took action. (see “House Passes Two-Month Renewal of Payroll Tax Cut”).