The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes, along with all the spending, the biggest middle-class tax cut in American history. Ignoring all the stuff about housing and small businesses and car sales, this will mean a yearly saving of $400 for individuals, or $800 for couples.
It’s not a lot of money. People who are better at math than me have calculated it’s about $13 a week that people otherwise wouldn’t have had. That amount means more to some people than it does to others. We’ve certainly seen in the comments at Consumerism Commentary how people who have to, can stretch dollars quite far.
It’s a small consolation, however, to realize that this “biggest middle-class tax cut in American history” is being enacted more wisely than the tax cuts we’ve seen since 2001. Namely, it’s happening at the paycheck level. The IRS is just going to start withholding less for the people who receive the tax cut, instead of sending out $400 stimulus checks.
We’re going to be saving a lot on paper and postage, not to mention the fact that we won’t be sending out an additional letter before the check, explaining that the check is on its way.
I did say it was a small consolation.