[FoRK] Why is married filing separately even a thing? (in the US)

Owen Byrne ojbyrne at gmail.com
Sun Feb 9 13:52:40 PST 2014


I didn't realize that the thresholds for marginal tax rates are lower for
"married filing separately" than for "single." That seems especially
stupid.


On Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org>wrote:

> On 2/9/2014 1:21 PM, Owen Byrne wrote:
>
>> They can't?
>> http://www.efile.com/married-filing-separately-tax-filing-status/
>>
>>
> If a couple is married and files separately, they are (usually) taxed more
> than if they were unmarried and file separately.
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_penalty
>
> Each year I look at how much more my fiancee and I would pay in taxes if
> we were married, and it's always several thousand dollars more.
>
> (Offsetting that, our combined health insurance costs would be several
> thousand dollars less.)
>
> - Joe
>
>
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