Making Work Pay Credit

What is it?

  • A new tax credit for U.S. workers to help stimulate the economy
  • Federal tax credit up to $400 per taxpayer, or $800 for joint returns
  • Provided as an increase in take-home pay for 2009 and 2010
  • A phase-out applies for income over $75,000 (or $150,000 joint)

Why is it important now?

  • You may have more money to spend each paycheck
  • Many U.S. workers will qualify as "eligible individuals"
  • You may see higher wages by April 1, 2009
  • The tax credit applies for 2009 and 2010

How does it work?

  • You may start seeing the savings in your paycheck by April
  • Self-employed individuals will see the savings at tax time
  • You must provide your Social Security Number to claim the credit
  • Claim the full tax credit on your 2009 and 2010 federal returns
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