News & Features » Happytown

Read our lips: New taxes in 2013

An epic fall off the fiscal cliff has been averted, but your taxes are still going up



One New Year's resolution that has already come to bear was the depressingly intense congressional avoidance of the so-called fiscal cliff. Cheers all around, right? Bipartisanship abounds, huh? Well, before you get your good-natured panties in a dancing twist, we just thought it our duty to remind you that just because the middle class has been "saved" from peril, that doesn't mean that you'll be able to save any actual money. In addition to the fantastic addition of $74 billion for earmarked, pork-flavored tax breaks for race cars and film development, the deal stands to cost Floridian taxpayers some $6.5 billion due to the failure to extend the 2010 deduction in the Social Security payroll tax, according to University of Central Florida number cruncher Sean Snaith in the Tampa Bay Times.

That payroll tax will jump from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent, which will probably affect just about everyone reading this free paper. According to the latest Census numbers, Orlando's median income per household is $46,123, which means Orlando's median house of horrors will pay an additional $922.46.

But you don't make that much, do you? So, if you're a stock boy at the Gap making $20,000 a year, you'll be out $400. If you're, I don't know, a bleached blond mouthpiece making somewhere in the mid-30s, you can expect to lose around $700. It's like a furlough week, only nationally sponsored! You're welcome.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.