Marriage Penalty Conference Agreement: 
Benefits Go Primarily to High-income Taxpayers

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On July 20, the House passed a conference agreement version of marriage penalty tax relief that would cost $292 billion over the next 10 years. The Senate is expected to take up the conference agreement soon.

An analysis prepared by the Joint Committee on Taxation shows that higher-income taxpayers would be the primary beneficiaries of that tax relief. According to the JCT analysis: