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House Promotes Family-Friendly Tax Policy by Permanently Eliminating the Marriage Tax

For Immediate Release. June 17, 2002Wrongly, since married couples have their income added together for tax purposes, they often face a penalty in the tax code.  Such arcane policy stigmatizes marriage and discourages people from getting married for economic reasons. 

Almost all married couples, particularly the 25 million with two incomes who pay more than they would if they were single, would benefit from the Permanent Marriage Penalty Relief Act of 2002 (H.R. 4019) that passed the House of Representatives on June 13, 2002 by a 271-142 vote.  The House made a step in the right direction by eliminating this unfair tax penalty, but there is no doubt the Senate will try to stop such relief to American families as the bill’s next stop is the Senate. 

“In times of economic uncertainty, families are living from paycheck to paycheck,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  “This tax relief provides hard working Americans with the money they need to do what is best for their families to exist daily instead of sending it to Washington where their representatives will waste it to expand big government even more.“

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
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