The Social Security tax rate is scheduled to revert to 6.2 percent next year, up from the temporary reduction — to 4.2 percent on an employee's first $110,000 in wages — which has been in effect since January 2011. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Payroll Tax Holiday May Not Survive Year's End
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President George W. Bush signs tax cut legislation on June 7, 2001. The cuts from this and a subsequent bill are set to expire at the end of 2012. Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Would Pay More — Romney, A Lot More — If Bush-Era Tax Cuts End
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New Questions About Timing Of Romney's Bain Departure
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Government Filings Dispute Romney's Time At Bain
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Bush Tax Cuts: The New Middle-Class Norm
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GOP To Make 31st Attempt To Repeal Obamacare Act
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June Brought 80,000 Jobs, 8.2 Percent Unemployment
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Tentative Deal On Transportation Reached
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Defense Giant Says Budget Cuts Could Mean Pink Slips
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Bipartisan Support Boosts Farm Bill Through Senate
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Senate Votes To Keep Mercury Limits On Power Plants
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Ambassador Fight Aimed At Florida's Latino Voters
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New Primary System Shakes Up California Elections
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