Tax Spotlight

Avoiding The Marriage Penalty: The District’s Rate Structure May Do More Harm Than Good

Most state income tax systems — and the federal income tax system — apply their tax rates differently to different family types. This is done in part to avoid a “marriage penalty” that could lead to higher taxes on a married couple than they would have paid as two single filers. The most common way […]

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Increasing the District’s Personal Exemption and Standard Deduction Would Help Provide Greater Tax Relief to Low- and Moderate-Income DC Residents

The District’s personal exemption and standard deduction are parts of the DC income tax that are available to all residents, but they provide the greatest benefits to families and individuals with low-and-moderate incomes. Despite the importance of these tax provisions, the DC deductions are far lower than the federal personal exemption and standard deductions and […]

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Of Interest

Tax Commission Tuesday: Making DC’s Income Tax Fair for All (District’s Dime)

Tax Commission Tuesday: Sales Tax in DC (District’s Dime)

Tax Commission Tuesday: A Few Surprising Differences Between 1998 and 2012 (District’s Dime)

How Well Do DC’s Tax Incentives Work? Wouldn’t it Be Great to Know? (District’s Dime)