Federal Legislation
June 26, 2002

H.R. 4019-Making Marriage Penalty Tax Relief Permanent

Action Requested:
None at this time. This bill has been passed in the House and is now in the Senate Committee on Finance.


Official purpose: To provide that the marriage penalty relief provisions of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 shall be permanent.

Introduced March 20, 2002 by Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL 11th)



See also H. Res. 547

3/20/2002:Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
6/11/2002:Introductory remarks on measure.
6/13/2002:H.AMDT.503 Amendment (A001) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Matsui. (consideration: CR H3531; text: CR H3531) An amendment to add a complete new text.
6/13/2002:H.AMDT.503 On agreeing to the Matsui amendment (A001) Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 198-213, 1 Present (Roll no. 228).
6/13/2002:On passage Passed by recorded vote: 271-142.
6/13/2002:Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
9/24/2002:Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 547 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H. Res. 540, H. Res. 544 and H. Res. 543. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
9/25/2002:Rule H. Res. 547 (including H.Res 540, 544 and 543) passed House.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA supports H.R. 4019 On June 7, 2001 President Bush signed into law the marriage penalty tax relief act (H.R. 1836 and H.R. 6), which became 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. The purpose of H.R. 4019 is to make the marriage penalty tax relief permanent. If passed this bill would directly benefit over 42 million married couples who currently pay on average $1,400 extra per year in taxes due to their marital status.

 Other Resources

H.Res 543 (pdf)
*Note: H.Res 543 declares the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should complete action on H.R. 4019 (permanent marriage penalty tax relief) and present it to the President before adjournment of the 107th Congress.

House to Vote on Permanent Repeal of Marriage Penalty Next Week 6/7/2002

H.R. 4019 (pdf)

H.R. 4626-Encouraging Work and Supporting Marriage Act of 2002 5/22/02

H.R. 6-Marriage Penalty and Family Tax Relief Act of 2001 6/7/2001

Marriage Tax Penalty Relief Update 5/2/2001

Marriage Tax Penalty Relief Update 3/23/2001

Home School Legal Defense Association supports relief from unfair marriage penalty tax 2/16/2001

Marriage Penalty Relief Press Conference Statement: Caleb Kershner, Manager, Federal Research and Policy and Erin Smith, fiancée 2/16/2001

Marriage Tax Penalty Update 1/30/2001

HSLDA Legislative Hotline-September 15, 2000 9/15/2000

HSLDA Legislative Hotline--September 1, 2000 9/1/2000

President Vetoes Marriage Tax Penalty Relief-Congress Poised to Override Veto 8/31/2000

HSLDA Legislative Hotline--July 21, 2000 7/21/2000

Marriage Tax Penalty-A Tax Families Can't Afford 2/22/2000

A Chance to Pass Marriage Tax Penalty Relief 2/7/2000