The Marriage Tax

Alert the preacher! Here comes a tax cut that would encourage couples to step to the altar

Like it or not, baby boomers get pretty much whatever they want. They've got the numbers. They've got the votes. Now the generation that insisted on competitive pay for women wants to shield part of that pay from the tax man by eliminating the so-called marriage penalty. You can bet boomers will get their way this time too. And in this case they should, this boomer says. The basic flaw in the current system is so absurd that something must be done.

The marriage penalty is a peculiar "tax" levied mainly on married couples in which the husband and wife have...

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