The Hefty Penalty on Marriage Facing Many Households with Children

This article outlines marriage penalties and the effect these penalties can have on low-income families. Despite recent policy reforms, these penalties still remain for mostly low-to-moderate income families. Authors offer suggestions for reducing these marriage penalties such as setting a maximum marginal tax rate for lower-income individuals and providing wage subsidies to low-income workers.

Record Type: 
Report
Publication Date: 
September, 2005
Date: 
September 2005
Source: 
Partner Resources
National/International: 
National
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Family Strengthening
    • Healthy Relationships and Marriage
  • Asset Building
    • Earned Income Tax Credit
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