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Congressman Cole Votes for Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

April 28, 2004
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole voted today for legislation that ensures that marriage penalty tax relief is not reduced next year and that the "marriage penalty" is removed from the Tax Code permanently. Unless the tax breaks are extended, 27 million married couples will face an average tax increase of $300— and over 30 million will see a tax increase of more than $700 starting in 2011.

"Married couples should not suffer an unfair tax disadvantage simply because they are married. The government is sending the wrong message to families by making them pay more in taxes then they would if they were single," Congressman Cole said.

Before 2001, the standard deduction married couples could take was less than that allowed for two single taxpayers. The 2001 tax relief enacted by President Bush phased out these penalties.  The 2001 law increased the standard deduction and 15 percent bracket for married couples to twice the size for individuals.  The relief was accelerated in the tax relief that was signed into law last year.

"Families should be able to plan for the future without having to worry about unfair tax hikes. Making marriage penalty tax relief permanent will help many families who are working within a tight budget," Congressman Cole said.

H.R. 4181 must now go to the Senate for approval.