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Marriage Penalties and Bonuses (Families with Children Edition)

1 min readBy: Nick Kasprak

My colleague Liz Malm re-posted a marriage penalty chart I created a few months ago. I've used a similar technique to create two more charts to go along with it, showing the same figures for households with one and two dependents. (These were created by running our online income tax calculator in a loop. For each single filing status calculation I tried all possible combinations of dividing up the dependents and took the lowest taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. configuration.)

Marriage Penalties and Bonuses for Various Households

These charts were featured in our most recent issue of Tax Watch and appear on the blog for the first time here.