The Marriage Tax Penalty and Subsidy under Tax Reform

Authors

  • Douglas W. Mitchell West Virginia University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1016/1057-0810(91)90022-Q

Abstract

This paper considers the tax treatment of marriage implied by the Tax Reform Act of 1986. It is shown, first, that the maximum marriage subsidy varies erratically and widely over a range comparable to that in the prereform tax system. Second, the maximum marriage penalty varies erratically, but less widely, again over a range comparable to that in the old tax system. And third, the fraction of possible values of secondary income that lead to a marriage subsidy rather than penalty varies erratically over a range much wider than that in the prereform system. Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2 (April-June 1989), pp. 113-116. (Reprinted with permission of the Journal of Economic Literature.)

Published

1991-06-30

How to Cite

Mitchell , D. W. (1991). The Marriage Tax Penalty and Subsidy under Tax Reform. Financial Services Review: The Journal of Individual Financial Management, 1(1), 84. https://doi.org/10.1016/1057-0810(91)90022-Q

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Section

Abstracts of Articles on Individual Financial Management