Patricia Cain: The Unfairness of the Marriage Tax Penalty (March 31, 2021)

Patricia Cain, of Santa Clara University – School of Law, has made available for download her article, “The Unfairness of the Marriage Tax Penalty,” published in Bloomberg Tax. The abstract is as followed:

In this essay Professor Cain identifies several instances in which the Internal Revenue Code imposes a penalty on married couples. This penalty occurs for married couples both at the low end and the high end of income levels. She is especially critical of the $10,000 limitation on the deductibility of state and local income taxes. While the deduction for property taxes may be harder to justify, the deduction for state income taxes serves the purpose of horizontal equity by adjusting the tax burden on individual taxpayers in high income tax states as compared with individuals in low or no income tax states. If the limitation is justified at all it should be applied per taxpayer rather than per married couple.

To see the full article, click: “The Unfairness of the Marriage Tax Penalty” by Patricia Cain.

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