Tax Policy Center

marriage penalty

Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Most years, the Tax Policy Center celebrates Valentine Day with a whimsical analysis of the costs and benefits—tax-wise—of marriage. What’s new this year is that...
February 14, 2023Janet HoltzblattSwati JoshiNora CahillWilliam G. Gale
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
A key feature of President Biden’s effort to expand government support for low-income families is its increase in the earned income tax credit (EITC) for...
August 3, 2021C. Eugene Steuerle
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Depressed that you won’t be dining out in a romantic restaurant with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? The Tax Policy Center has a prescription...
February 11, 2021Chenxi LuJanet Holtzblatt
: TaxVox
Does Valentine’s Day make you think about marriage? If you need one more reason to take that step, consider that Uncle Sam may already have...
February 14, 2020Frank Sammartino
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Before you ask your beloved to marry you tonight, you might want to check out the Tax Policy Center’s...
February 14, 2019Philip Stallworth
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
President Barack Obama and Speaker Paul Ryan have proposed similar expansions of the earned income tax credit (EITC) for low-income workers without children. Their goal is laudable: to provide some modest additional income support for low-income workers currently excluded from the EITC. But as
April 5, 2016C. Eugene Steuerle
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush offered a tax plan last week that he says “eliminates the marriage penalty.” But it may not help many low-income working families. A married couple is penalized if it pays more tax filing a joint return than if each spouse could file individually. Conversely,
September 16, 2015Roberton C. Williams
: TaxVox
On the Hill next week: The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight holds a hearing on June 10 to review the government’s ability to verify income and insurance information when it comes to the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits and subsidies. About two million people who purchased health care
June 6, 2014Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
In their zeal to provide a legal alternative to banned marriage for same-sex couples, some states may have created a new tax shelter for heterosexual couples. By choosing domestic partnership or civil union over marriage, opposite-sex couples are able to avoid paying a federal income tax marriage
June 5, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Just in time for this year’s tax filing season (but a bit late for St. Valentine’s Day), the Tax Policy Center has updated its marriage...
February 21, 2014Roberton C. Williams