Marriage Tax Relief Made Permanent by House

Jun 13, 2002
Press Release
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, today voted in support of H.R. 4019, a bill that makes permanent the marriage tax relief passed last year. The bill passed on a vote of 271-142. “Penalizing marriage just doesn’t make any sense,” said Rep. Wilson. “Children in single parent homes are seven times more likely to live in poverty, yet we are punishing couples for staying together.” Every year, 28 million couples pay an average of $1400 in taxes that they would not have to pay if they were single. Most marriage penalties occur when the higher-earning spouse makes between $20,000 and $75,000 per year, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). “Middle-income families are already struggling to pay their mortgage, car loans, and taking care of their children. The last thing they need is to be taxed for keeping their families together.” “As Republicans continued to push for tax relief for Americans today, Senate Democrats ridiculously voted yesterday to keep the death tax,” said Rep. Wilson. “The IRS should not be in the business of taxing people on the day of their weddings and funerals.” ###