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In "Ugly surprise of higher payroll taxes shrinks most checks" (Tribune, Jan. 20), Matt Anhaiser stated that he and his wife are losing a combined $283 a month due to reinstatement of the 2 percent that had been cut from payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare.
Anyone with half a brain knew that it was a temporary reduction that expired on Dec. 31. Anhaiser complains that he will have problems making his truck payment, funding activities for his children or buying 11 days worth of groceries.
Any sixth-grader can tell you that if 2 percent of X is $283, then X (the monthly income) would have to be $14,150, or around $170,000 a year. Most people can get by on that income. Quit complaining!