A few weeks ago I wrote a short piece explaining that while even if you think the “Making Work Pay” tax credit of $400 is a bad idea, at least we’re saving money this time by not sending out two letters and a check to every household in America. In short: the stimulus process could’ve been dumber.
In the comments of that article, Laura said:
Yes but now the government will have to reprint and mail out the employee withholding schedules that small employers use to figure up those weekly paychecks. This is why it will take a few months to see that $13. It goes both ways.
I wasn’t sure if Laura was correct about that. I work for a small company, so I figured I’d wait and see.
This morning, my co-workers and I saw our Federal Withholding decrease for the first time as a result of the “Making Work Pay” tax credit. My personal take-home pay is $33 more (we get paid twice a month).
So I asked our Accounting department about the process, and I got this in reply:
It’s actually a change in the Withholding Table. The Table is downloaded from the IRS electronically and then based on your W4 elections and pay scale, the amount will automatically adjust.
Granted, there are probably some companies who don’t do everything electronically, and as a result might need a paper form to be sent, but in our case, and I suspect most other companies, this process didn’t cost anything.
So, in short: the stimulus process could’ve been even yet still dumber.