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Republicans push to remove state's "marriage tax"

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Married couples in Maryland pay a little more than 1 percent extra on their yearly taxes, compared to unmarried couples who file separately. Two Republican legislators say this penalizes marriage and want to flatten the tax levels.

Del. Neil Parrott introduced a bill to the House on Thursday that would reduce the tax level for married couples to the rate that two single people would pay. Sen. Joe Getty said on Friday he will introduce a parallel bill in the Senate.

Parrott said 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.

Parrott said this mirrors federal tax law, causing a "double-whammy" for married couples.

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