If Congress fails to act,
income tax rates will revert to higher levels dating from June 2001.
For a married couple with an income of $80,000, that would drain an extra $221.48 in withholding from a semi-monthly paycheck, according to calculations by the Tax Institute at H&R Block. Married individuals earning $240,000 a year would lose an additional $557.78 to withholding in a single semi-monthly paycheck. The Tax Institute at H&R Block calculated federal tax rates for single-income earners and married taxpayers without children.
Paychecks could shrink in January and into February, depending on how long it takes Congress to act.
God help us.