Poor Families in Virginia Are Hit Harder by the Income Tax Than Those in Other States
Virginias 1999 income tax threshold the income level at which families begin paying income tax:
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For two-parent families of four: $8,200.
For single-parent families of three: $5,400.
Virginias 1999 income tax on working-poor and near-poor families:
For families of four with incomes at the poverty line ($17,028): $311.
For families of three with incomes at the poverty line ($13,290): $265.
For families of three with minimum-wage earnings ($10,712): $135.
For families of four with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($21,285): $525.
For families of three with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($16,613): $431.
Virginia has consistently taxed families with incomes below the poverty line.
Virginias tax threshold for families of four has not changed during the 1990s. Taxes owed by a family of four with poverty-level income increased between 1994 and 1999.
In 1991, a family of four owed tax when its income exceeded 59 percent of the poverty line. For 1999, Virginias tax threshold is 48 percent of the poverty line.