Okay, so I get my second paycheck for 2012 and my net pay is different.  Supposedly the government did not get the tax tables out until last week.  Surprise!  The tax tables were lowered by a little bit.  Every year they know that the tax tables are due by January 1st to most employers, but what I have been told is that hardly ever are they published for use by Jan 1st.  Also, Congress decidedd to give us a break and for 2 months only pay 4.2% instead of 6.2% in Social Security Tax. But, the thing is in March they may vote to go back to 6.2% and then our paychecks will be smaller again.  Why does it take so long for them to make these decisions.  If they know it will be coming up in January why not start discussing in October so it is finalized before the new tax year starts!