income tax, marriage, English-speaking countries, marriage tax


The "marriage penalty" or "marriage tax" is a topic of considerable current interest. The purposes of this paper are to provide an explanation and brief example of the "marriage tax," a brief history of how it become part of the US tax code, and a comparison of how marital status affects tax liability in three other English speaking countries (Canada, England, and Australia) with progressive income taxes similar to the US.

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