National | TAXES: Unless the Senate acts, the so-called marriage penalty in the tax code will be restored-boosting average tax bills almost $400
by Bob Jones
Posted 5/08/04, 12:00 am
Do moderate Republicans in the Senate really make a difference? That's the $369 question.
On April 28, the House of Representatives voted 323-95 to fix permanently the inequities in the U.S. tax code that force some 30 million married couples to pay higher taxes than their single counterparts. Without congressional intervention, the so-called marriage penalty-temporarily eliminated just last year-would once again rear its ugly head in 2005, forcing many married couples to pay an extra $369 in taxes, according to statistics from the Tax Foundation.