|READ: The Hidden Meaning Of Marriage Tax Repeal|
|March 14, 2001|
Republicans and Democrats agree that the tax code unfairly penalizes marriage. Last
year, President Clinton vetoed the bill that would have provided marriage tax relief to all
married couples. The 107th Congress is drafting marriage tax relief legislation, but the White
House tax plan undermines relief for all married couples.
The White House executive summary of President Bush's tax-cut proposal calls for "reducing the marriage penalty by reinstating the 10 percent deduction for two-earner couples." Not only does this proposal give less relief than the bill passed by Congress last year but, even worse, it would impose a new homemaker penalty on one-earner couples. Under this tax plan, homemakers would still be considered two-thirds of a person.
Consider another family where the husband takes a second job so his wife can care for their children at home. This family would not qualify for either the new Bush marriage tax relief or the child-care credit that exists in current law. The husband and wife surely work just as hard in this second family as in the first. Why should they pay up to $1,950 more in taxes on the same family income?
Tell the Members of the Ways and Means committee that:
Reaching Chairman Thomas at the Ways and Means Committee (202-225-3625) is especially vital.
Target List: Kevin Brady, Camp, Mac Collins, Dunn, English, Foley, Hayworth, Herger, Houghton, Hulshof, Nancy Johnson, Sam Johnson, Ron Lewis, McCrery, McInnis, Nussle, Portman,
Ramstad, Paul Ryan, Shaw, Thomas, Watkins, Weller
Contact info for Ways and Means Committee can be found here.
Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121