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March E-Legislative Action Alert

Vote Expected on the Marriage Penalty and Family
Tax Relief Act of 2001 (H.R. 6)

A vote is expected by the full House this week on the Marriage Penalty and Family Tax Relief Act of 2001 (H.R. 6) [To view the bill, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.00006: , also see Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, Action Release, Action on H.R. 6 http://waysandmeans.house.gov/fullcomm/107cong/fc-4act.htm]. On March 22, the Marriage Penalty and Family Tax Relief Act was approved along party lines, 26-13 by the House Ways and Means Committee.

The measure over 10 years would provide $399 billion in tax relief.

The current income tax structure causes 25 million two-earner households to pay higher taxes than do two single people. For example, the 15 percent bracket under current law applies to the first $27,050 of a single person's taxable income, or $54,100 for two single people. However, the lowest 15 percent rate is paid on only the first $45,200 of income of a married couple.

The measure would enlarge the bottom 15 percent bracket so that it is equal to twice that of singles. For married people, the bill would raise the current $7,600 standard deduction in 2002 so that it equals that of two singles, which would now be $9,100 combined for those who do not itemize deductions.

Also, so married couples who receive that tax relief will not be penalized subsequently with a tax increase, the bill adjusts the alternative minimum tax.

The child tax credit would be gradually doubled to $1,000 by 2006. However, to give families a quick tax break as the nation's economic outlook darkens, the bill would raise the credit from $500 to $600 effective this year.

For more information on tax relief legislation, go to http://americanvoiceinstitute.org/Legislative_Agenda_Taxation.htm

What Can You Do?

Send a message to your national congressman expressing your support for the Marriage Penalty and Family Tax Relief Act of 2001 (H.R. 6) to provide needed tax relief to American families.

Contact Information:

Call your representative and urge him/her to support the Marriage Penalty and Family Tax Relief Act of 2001 (H.R. 6).

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

To view a sample letter to a congressman, go to http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/MarriagePenaltyLetter.htm

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