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Capitol Hill Watch Alert

House to Vote on Permanent Marriage Penalty Relief Act of 2002 (HR 4019)

On Thursday, June 13, 2002, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Permanent Marriage Penalty Relief Act of 2002 (HR 4019).  (To view : Full text of legislation).  The measure would make permanent the marriage penalty relief provisions of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.  As a result of the sunset provision that was included in the law to comply with arcane procedural rules in the Senate, these provisions are scheduled to expire at the end of 2010.   The bill makes Title IX which relates to the sunset provisions of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001 inapplicable to title III which relates to marriage penalty relief.  The following provisions from last year’s law would be made permanent  by HR 4019:

·        To reduce the complicity for low income-taxpayers the Earned Income Credit (EIC) would be simplified;

·        The phase-out range of the EIC would be increased by $3,000 for married couples

·        The width of the 15 percent tax bracket would be increased for married couples to twice that of single taxpayers; and

·        For married couples so that it is twice as high as the deduction for a single individual, the standard deduction for married couples would be increased.

What Can You Do?

Urge your representative to Support the Permanent Marriage Penalty Relief Act of 2002 (HR 4019).

Contact Information:

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 representative is... 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.


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