Federal Legislation
May 11, 2004

H.R. 4181- Marriage Penalty Tax bill

Action Requested:
None at this time. HSLDA's National Center is tracking this legislation.

Background:
Official purpose: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the marriage penalty relief provided under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.

Introduced April 21, 2004 by Rep. Jim Gerlach [PA-6]

Cosponsors (None)

Status:

04/21/2004:Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
04/28/2004:On passage Passed by recorded vote: 323-95.
04/29/2004:Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
05/03/2004:Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.
12/31/2004: This bill is "dead". It was not passed into law before the end of the 108th Congress.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.R. 4181.

On June 7, 2001 President Bush signed into law the marriage penalty tax relief act (Public Law No: 107-16). This new law amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by gradually reducing the marriage tax penalty, adjusting the standard deduction, the 15 percent rate bracket, and the earned income credit. The new law is set to expire December 31, 2004.

If passed into law, H.R. 4181 would amend current law and eliminate the marriage penalty tax permanently.

HSLDA has been a long supporter of the marriage penalty tax relief plan.

 Other Resources

H.R. 4181     (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Issue Library: Marriage Tax Penalty

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H.R. 759

S. 1196

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