Marriage TaxWhat is the marraige tax (otherwise known as the marriage penalty or sometimes the marriage benefit)?
The short answer:
Two individuals and a married couple - with the exact same total income- can have very different tax bills! That difference is what is called the marraige tax.
While public policy generally sets increasing marginal tax rates (that is, as your income goes up, you start getting taxed at a higher rate), there is wide debate on the unit that should get taxed. This can lead to large differences between the tax that two people would pay filing their taxes individually versus as a married couple. If the tax bill is higher, that would be a marraige tax, and if lower it would be a marraige subsidy or benefit.
We created this website to estimate your marriage tax or subsidy. Enter data about yourself and your spouse to get an estimate of your tax bill and how the tax bill differs between two individuals filing separately versus filing as a married couple.
|Disclaimer: This website is for estimation purposes only. While we have made every effort to ensure that calculations here are correct, we assume no responsibility for the accuracy of this site. Do not use this site to calculate your actual taxes.