The Trump administration's guidance on the temporary payroll tax cut is addressed to companies, not individual employees,
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Payroll tax cut could mean Social Security benefits run out sooner

A lot of older Americans rely on Social Security benefits to pay their bills.
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Trump's payroll tax holiday sows confusion

Aug 10, 2020
President Trump has ordered Treasury to stop collecting the employee portion of payroll taxes for some workers through the end of 2020.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order and three memorandums extending coronavirus economic relief on Aug. 8. How the payroll tax holiday would benefit Americans remains unclear.
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Even with the payroll tax cut from Trump's executive action, companies might continue withholding

There's a lot of ambiguity to employers as to whether they're even allowed to reduce the withholding.
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Trump considers carrying out COVID-19 economic relief with executive orders

That includes an eviction moratorium and a payroll tax cut.
President Trump has said he wants to bring back some of the coronavirus pandemic relief himself, through executive orders.
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Would a payroll tax cut work in the COVID-19 economy?

Mar 11, 2020
Extra cash probably wouldn't get people to take cruises or go to concerts.
President Donald Trump has suggested a payroll tax cut to help with the economic slowdown caused by the spread of COVID-19.
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Payroll taxes, not income taxes, mean more to many households

Nov 2, 2017
Much of the discussion around tax reform these last few weeks has focused on income tax and details like tax brackets and tax rates. Meanwhile, 40 percent of taxpayers don’t pay any income tax, while almost all of them see…

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In February retail sales bump, wealth effect trumps payroll tax

Mar 13, 2013
Retail sales ticked up by 1.1 percent last month according to the Commerce Department. The growth was better than expected, despite higher gas prices and the payroll tax increase that went into effect at the beginning of the year.

Walmart discovers the payroll tax may bite

Feb 20, 2013
The nation's largest retailer may see slump in February sales figures.

Increase in payroll tax raises concerns for Cleveland small business owner

Jan 2, 2013
Steve Presser, proprietor of Big Fun toy store in Cleveland, says although the deal to avert the fiscal cliff eases uncertainty among consumers, the payroll tax increase raises a whole other list of issues.

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