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Revisiting a History of Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 3

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

In Part 3 of this series, we explore why joint tax returns were so common even after major tax-law changes in 1917.

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Revisiting a History of Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 2

By | August 1st, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , |

In the beginning, in 1913, there were no filing statuses. There was just one tax bracket that applied to all taxpayers.

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From the Archives: Having Negative Taxable Income Doesn’t Mean the Government Pays You Extra

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

The tax brackets stop at $0 of taxable income — having taxable income below $0 doesn’t mean your tax liability is a negative number or that the government “pays you more money.”

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Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 13: Examples of the Marriage Penalty in the Early 1970s

By | July 16th, 2015|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics, Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes|Tags: , , , |

This blog post shows examples of the marriage penalty, which came about in 1971.

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Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 11: Meet the “Single Penalty”

By | June 24th, 2015|Categories: Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes|Tags: , , , |

In the history of marriage in the tax code, reforms in 1948 eliminated disparity between married couples in common-law vs. community property states, but opened up new inequalities, this time between married and single people.

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