Valuing Marital Commitment in our Transfer and Tax Systems

Testimony

Valuing Marital Commitment in our Transfer and Tax Systems

Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Human Resources Committee on Ways and Means
May 22, 2001

Abstract

In principle, both American voters and their elected officials want to support marriage and the family. One would expect, then, that our expenditure programs and tax code would reflect this desire. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Instead of a consistent policy, we have a crazy quilt of expenditure and tax policies that directly affect families, some for the better, some for the worse.

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