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Employee Social Security reduction not a new tax

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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:00 am

On March 19, you published a letter from Ron Portal, "More government spending will not lead us out of a bad economy." He made several statements using detailed numbers. I do not know about the accuracy of most of them. However, there is one that I know is wrong.

I do not know if this is an honest mistake, or an attempt to sway the reader. He said that in January 2013 there was a new 2 percent payroll tax. That is wrong. The 2 percent reduction on the employee Social Security — done to help the economic recovery — was stopped. The tax rate went back up to 6.2 percent, as it had been for years. This was not a new tax. I have been making out payroll checks for around 40 years, and I know what I am talking about.

At the end of his letter, he made a derogatory statement about the liberal mind. Perhaps his letter shows the errors of conservative thinking.

Reuven Epstein


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