White House Returns to Making Work Pay as Potential Stimulative Tax Measure

By: Friday October 26, 2012 6:30 pm

The White House, per Zachary Goldfarb at the Washington Post, is considering returning to the working family tax cut used in 2009-2010 as part of the Recovery Act, to replace the payroll tax cut, which expires at the end of the year. The refundable tax credit would not deal with the Social Security trust fund in any way and serve to boost take-home pay.


Ron Klain Tries to Boost Geithner on Payroll Tax Deal

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 11:00 am

I have to chuckle at Ron Klain’s story about the subtle genius of the Obama Administration with respect to the payroll tax cut. Klain credits Timothy Geithner (and Gene Sperling, then an advisor to Geithner) with coming up with a strategy that turned a one-year payroll tax cut into what looks to be a two-year one. But remedy for using Making Work Pay to get more money to workers quicker is to double Making Work Pay. It was a $400 benefit; just make it an $800 benefit. If you like, raise the cap.

Sin of Omission By Geithner in Chest-Thumping Over Tax Cut Deal

By: Saturday January 15, 2011 4:00 pm

So you have this crazy circumstance where the payroll tax cut ends up a worse deal for low-income workers, who would spend the money, and a better deal for high-income workers, who probably won’t.

Desire to Fight from Rank and File; But Ultimately, Negotiated Surrender on Bush Tax Cuts

By: Sunday December 5, 2010 5:00 pm

The Democratic argument about the tax cuts is right. But the leader of the party already stopped making it. He’s busy bargaining. And so that’s the bargain we’ll get. It’s a major loss for the party, and I think a lot of politicians inside it understand that.

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