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Surprise: Fiscal cliff deal hurts middle class


An analysis of the so-called fiscal cliff deal reveals that earners making just $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000:

Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more - or an additional $2,711 - in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent - or up to $1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported.

Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of the fiscal cliff deal.

"The economy needs a stimulus, but under the agreement, taxes will go up in 2013 relative to 2012 - not only on high-income households, as widely discussed, but also on every working man and woman in the country, via the end of the payroll tax cut," said William G. Gale, co-director of the Tax Policy Center.

"For most households, the payroll tax takes a far bigger bite than the income tax does, and the payroll tax cut therefore - as [the Congressional Budget Office] and others have shown - was a more effective stimulus than income tax cuts were, because the payroll tax cuts hit lower in the income distribution and hence were more likely to be spent," he added.

To calculate how the fiscal cliff deal will affect your taxes, click here.

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