SJR 12: Urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to reduce the marriage penalty.

00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12 01 Urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to reduce the marriage 02 penalty. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS many married couples pay more income tax than they would be required 05 to pay as single individuals living together; and 06 WHEREAS more than 44 million Americans, approximately 43 percent of all married 07 couples, are affected each year by this marriage penalty, according to the Congressional 08 Budget Office (CBO); and 09 WHEREAS the CBO estimates that under current tax laws the marriage penalty 10 results in married couples paying an average of $1,480 more in taxes each year than 11 cohabiting individuals earning the same income; and 12 WHEREAS the United States Congress passed H.R. 4810, the "Marriage Tax Relief 13 Reconciliation Act of 2000," providing tax relief to married couples penalized under current 14 tax laws, but this legislation was vetoed by President Clinton; 15 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Congress of the United

01 States is urged to again pass legislation that amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 02 make the tax system marriage-neutral; and be it 03 FURTHER RESOLVED that this legislation equalize the standard deduction for a 04 married couple to the amount to which two unmarried individuals earning the same combined 05 level of income would be entitled; and be it 06 FURTHER RESOLVED that this legislation equalize for married couples filing 07 jointly the amount of income that pushes taxpayers into higher tax brackets by making the 08 breakpoints twice what they are for single filers. 09 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 10 of the United States; the Honorable Paul O'Neill, United States Secretary of the Treasury; the 11 Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable 12 Trent Lott, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Chuck Grassley, Chairman of 13 the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance; the Honorable Bill Thomas, Chairman of the U.S. 14 House Committee on Ways and Means; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable 15 Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, 16 members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.