June 20, 2002

House Votes for Permanent Ban on Marriage Tax Penalty

On Thursday, June 13, the U.S. House of Representative overwhelmingly voted 271 142 to pass H.R. 4019a bill to make permanent the marriage tax penalty ban. Under the Federal tax code, the average married couple pays about $1400 more in federal income taxes per year than the cohabiting couple.

"Marriage and the family is at the foundation of our republic," says Caleb Kershner manager of Federal Policy and Research for the National Center for Home Education. "The marriage tax penalty is an immoral tax that punishes couples who choose marriage over unmarried co habitation. The House has taken an important step to restoring the sanctity of marriage in our national laws."

Marriage tax relief was first passed last year in President Bush's tax cut package. This bill increased the standard deduction for married couples so that it is twice the rate of singles, and allowing married couples income within the 15 percent rate bracket to be twice that of a single person. These two changes would simply make the tax code more fair removing the extra tax placed on married couples. Congress scheduled changes to begin in 2005 and be fully implemented by 2009. Along with the rest of the President's tax cut law, the changes for married couples are set to expire at the end of 2010. H.R. 4019 repeals the expiration of the tax cut making it permanent law.

HSLDA will continue to support H.R. 4019 as proponents push for its advancement in the Senate and ultimately on the President's desk.