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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:00 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Fri Jun 1, 2012.

Families with two breadwinners can end up paying more than twice as much in Social Security taxes as families with just one income.

U.S. workers have paid a reduced Social Security tax rate of 4.2 percent for the past year and a half, down from the ordinary rate of 6.2 percent. For most Americans, this has meant some welcome tax relief. But one group is still paying more than its fair share.

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