Kansas

Jerry Moran supported the Marriage Penalty Relief Act that would end the additional tax burden on 66,213 families in the First District of Kansas.

The House passed this measure by a vote of 268 to 158.

"Congress took the first step to eliminate a provision of the current tax code that is so unfair--the penalty for being married," said Moran. "The marriage tax penalty costs the average married couple in Kansas $1,400 a year. The elimination of the marriage penalty furthers a simple idea--apply common sense and fairness to the tax code."

Currently 259,904 couples in Kansas are impacted by a marriage penalty. The bill increases the standard deduction for married couples from $7,350 to $8,800 or twice the standard deduction for a single person.

Marriage penalty relief is middle-income tax relief. According to the Congressional Budget Office, most of the marriage penalty occurs when the higher earning spouse makes between $20,000 to $75,000 per year.

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