E-Legislative Action Alert
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.
over 10 years would provide $399 billion in tax relief.
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.
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
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.
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
information on tax relief legislation, go to http://americanvoiceinstitute.org/Legislative_Agenda_Taxation.htm
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.
representative and urge him/her to support the Marriage Penalty and
Family Tax Relief Act of 2001 (H.R. 6).
Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will
direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's
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
mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
To view a
sample letter to a congressman, go to http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/MarriagePenaltyLetter.htm