HSLDA Media Release
February 16, 2001

Home School Legal Defense Association supports relief from unfair marriage penalty tax

For immediate release
February 16, 2001
Contact: Rich Jefferson
(540) 338-8663 or media@hslda.org

WASHINGTON, DC - Fairness is an American watchword, but married couples have been treated unfairly by the U.S. tax code since 1969. It's long past time for that to change.

"If America is to remain great, she must preserve and reward the institution that holds the country together and trains the next generation," said J. Michael Smith, the president of the Home School Legal Defense Association. "The God-given institution of marriage should be encouraged-not penalized."

Under the current American tax code, the marriage penalty taxes the incomes of a married couple at a much higher rate than a cohabiting couple. The married couple will probably be paying higher taxes simply for being married.

The Internal Revenue Service Code provides economic motives to young people not to get married. It forces married workers to pay more in taxes than they would if they just lived together, instead of doing the right thing by getting married.

Under the current tax code, more than 20 million married couples pay up to a $1,400 penalty each year just for being married. If a married couple with one or two incomes makes the same amount of money as two singles, the married couple is forced to pay higher taxes.

Eliminating the marriage penalty is not only a necessary financial relief, it is also a very important policy change. It provides an opportunity for the government to recognize and support the vital contribution marriage makes to our society.

Married couples should be treated fairly in the tax code. They should not suffer for making the daily commitments and sacrifices necessary to support their families.

Relief from the marriage tax penalty is one of the top legislative priorities of the Home School Legal Defense Association. The Home School Legal Defense Associations urges Congress to please SUPPORT the marriage penalty relief legislation that provides the quickest resolution of this unfair tax code provision.

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