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.