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"Unfortunately, despite its original rollout as part of the ‘American Families Plan,’ the current draft of the reconciliation bill takes an existing marriage penalty in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and makes it significantly worse," the senators wrote.
The senators pointed out that while the EITC is "an important policy tool" that incentivizes work, the measure contains "small, but damaging, marriage penalties."
"For example, a couple in 2019 with two children where one parent earns $12,000 and the other $30,000 could pay $1,578 more in taxes if they are married — or nearly 4% of their yearly earnings," the letter reads.
"The reconciliation bill could make the same family significantly worse off," it continues. "It could nearly double the marriage penalty, costing the same parents $2,713 if they choose to marry."