Some of the provisions of the law primarily affect individuals.
Making Work Pay Tax Credit. This tax credit means more take-home pay for many Americans. To make sure enough tax is withheld from their pay, taxpayers can use the IRS withholding calculator. See Making Work Pay for more.
First-Time Homebuyer Credit Expands. Homebuyers who purchased in 2009 can get a credit of up to $8,000 with no payback requirement. New legislation extends and expands this credit to homes purchased by April 30, 2010.
$250 for Social Security Recipients, Veterans and Railroad Retirees. The Economic Recovery Payment will be paid by the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Railroad Retirement Board.
COBRA.Workers who lose their jobs may qualify for reduced COBRA health insurance premiums for a period of up to 15 months. Visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s COBRA Web site, www.dol.gov/cobra, for details on this recently-extended and expanded subsidy.
Health Coverage Tax Credit. The credit increases from 65 percent to 80 percent of qualified health insurance premiums, and more people are eligible.
Information for Businesses
Some of the provisions of the law primarily affect businesses.
Making Work Pay Tax Credit. The 2010 withholding rates, contained in Notice 1036, reflect reduced withholding as directed by the ARRA. An optional withholding procedure is available for pension plan administrators.
Work Opportunity tax credit. This newly-expanded credit adds returning veterans and “disconnected youth” to the list of new hires covered by the credit that businesses may claim.
Net Operating Loss Carryback. Small businesses can offset losses by getting refunds on taxes paid up to five years ago. Information on the carryback, an expanded section 179 deduction and other business-related provisions, is now available. The Worker, Homeownership And Business Assistance Act Of 2009 (WHBAA) further expands the five-year NOL carryback to most businesses.
Municipal Bond Programs. There are new ways to finance school construction, energy and other public projects.