In 2009, the Obama administration decided to try to stimulate the economy by giving people more money in their paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) adjusted the schedules employers use to withhold taxes from employee pay. The idea was that with more money in their paychecks, people would spend more and that would help get the economy back on track.
Unfortunately, many of the people who got more money in their paychecks this year may find Uncle Sam waiting with his hand out when they file their taxes next year. Some may even find that they will have to pay a penalty for the underwithholding, in addition to the tax they owe.
It is estimated that 15.4 million taxpayers had too little tax withheld and will owe money to the government. So who are these taxpayers?