August 17, 2018

Press Herald: Will Maine Referendum On Home Care Result In ‘Marriage Penalty’ Tax?

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Aidan Davis, senior policy analyst at the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, wrote a letter to the Secretary of State’s Office on June 15 stating that the income threshold would be double for married couples filing jointly.

“We found the language of the initiative to be clear in describing that individual (not household) income would be subject to the tax,” Davis wrote. “Our read of the phrasing contained in the fiscal impact statement of the ballot measure led us to that same interpretation. The use of the word ‘individual’ rather than ‘household’ or ‘tax unit’ in that document made that distinction clear. And the distinction does matter.”

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