Change tax code to promote marriage
Regarding the recent articles about the state of marriage in America (Jan. 1 and Jan. 8 editions), I am at a total loss as to how anyone could approach changing family structures without starting with the U.S. Congress’ destructive tax on families, not withstanding the White House pronouncements about eliminating the marriage penalty.
If one of our family members and in-law had not been married on December 31, 2005, their joint 1040 tax return liability of $67,000 would have totaled $56,200 for two individual single returns. With the same income and the same deductions, they would have paid $10,000 less tax.
If two biological parents of two children, each earning $15,000 for the tax 2006 year, get married, they lose over $4,400 in earned income tax credit, well over 15 percent of family income after payroll taxes.
For15yearsafterretirement,Ihaveworked as a seasonal tax preparer and have seen endlessstreamsofwelfarequeens,threefourchildrenintowallwithdifferentsurnames,i.e.,different biological fathers, who work just long enough for the maximum tax credit without compromising income levels for food stamps, HUD, school lunches, Medicaid, etc.
Put the blame where it belongs — the voters who vote the Congresspeople and presidents into office who create structures that destroy the family.
A simple constitutional amendment would help solve the problem: “Congress shall enact no law in which unmarried biological parents whomarrywillpaymoretaxesorreceiveless government subsidies or services; married couples who divorce will pay less taxes or receivemoregovernmentsubsidiesorservice.” Robert E Eckert, Jacksonville, Florida