Federal Legislation
March 27, 2003

H.R. 759 Making Marriage Tax Relief Permanent Act of 2003

Action Requested:
None at this time.

Official purpose: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to accelerate the elimination of the marriage penalty in the standard deduction and in the 15-percent income tax rate bracket.

Introduced February 13, 2003 by Rep. Jerry Weller (R, IL-11)

Cosponsors (73)

2/13/2003:Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
12/31/2004: This bill is "dead". It was not passed into law before the end of the 108th Congress.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.R. 759.

On June 7, 2001 President Bush signed into law the marriage penalty tax relief act (Public Law No: 107-16). This new law amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by gradually reducing the marriage tax penalty, adjusting the standard deduction, the 15 percent rate bracket, and the earned income credit. The new law was set to begin after December 31, 2004.

If passed into law, H.R. 759 would amend current law and eliminate the marriage penalty tax permanently, retroactive to January 1, 2003. HSLDA has been a long supporter of the marriage penalty tax relief plan.

 Other Resources

Marriage Tax Penalty Issue Folder

Other related bills: S. 120 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

H.R. 759 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

H.R. 1350 - Improving Education Results for Children With Disabilities Act of 2003 (IDEA) Action Requested: None at this time. Background: Official purpose: To reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and for other purposes. Introduced March 19, 2003 by Rep. Michael N. Castle, (R, DE-at large) Bill Summary and Status http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR01350:@@@L&summ2=m& HSLDA's Position: HSLDA supports H.R. 1350. If passed, language in this bill will clarify IDEA law with regards to homeschools. Under this new language public schools do not have to evaluate a homeschool student whose parents do not desire services. This change in the law, worked out by HSLDA and the House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee, will address problems, which homeschoolers have thus far experienced on this issue. For more information on IDEA please see the other resources. Other Resources H.R. 1350 (pdf) http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_cong_bills&docid=f:h1350rh.txt.pdf IDEA Reauthorization Clarifies Evaluations for Homeschoolers 4/30/2003 Issue Library: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/I/Individuals_with_Disabilities_Education_Act.asp