Originally Posted by clarkstoncracker
If one person makes $170k, and one person makes $50k, it's actually quite a tax savings. But if the two incomes are close, I agree with you.
You said I was wrong and then linked me to an article saying I was right.
51% of married couples paid less tax jointly
than if they had not been married, according to a 1996 Congressional Budget Office analysis. The average amount these couples saved: $1,300.
42% of married taxpayers paid more by filing jointly
than they would have if they'd remained single, the office said. The average penalty: $1,380.
With our crazy ass tax codes did you really think it would be that simple?
I just know for my wife and I, having incomes close enough to be in the same tax bracket get hammered tax wise for being married as opposed to being single and filing on our own.