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Maryland Lawmakers Push To Scrap Marriage Tax Penalty

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Two lawmakers in Maryland say married couples shouldn't be penalized with higher taxes, and they're introducing legislation to flatten the tax levels.

Married couples in Maryland pay a little more than 1 percent extra on their yearly taxes, compared to unmarried couples who file separately.

Delegate Neil Parrot has introduced a bill to the House that would reduce the tax level for married couples to the rate that two single people would pay. Senator Joe Getty says he'll introduce a parallel bill in the Senate.

Parrott says two people making $50,000 each would pay a total of $58 more in yearly taxes if they were married, rather than single and living together. If they made $100,000 each, they'd pay $490 more.

He says this mirrors federal tax law, causing a "double-whammy'' for married couples.

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