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Berkley outlines what payroll tax increase means for Nevadans
by Tribune Staff
Dec 23, 2011 | 637 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

LAS VEGAS — With the payroll tax cut in limbo after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives rejected a bipartisan Senate deal this week, 1.2 million Nevadans could see their taxes rise by as much as $1,247 come Jan. 1, 2012, according to data released by Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-Nevada).

The new data is broken down by county and shows that Nevada’s middle class would see a tax increase that is 6 percent bigger than the rest of the nation. Overall, 160 million Americans could see their taxes rise next month if the payroll tax cut is not extended.

“With the highest unemployment rate in the nation, Nevada’s middle-class families cannot afford a tax increase that will kill jobs and further tank our economy,” Berkley said in a statement. “It is time to stop holding middle-class families hostage and to prevent an unaffordable, massive tax increase that will hurt Nevadans.”

The median family in Washoe County would see its taxes rise about $1,061 in 2012, more than both the state average ($1,066) and the national average ($1,004).

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