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Washington, D.C. --If you are married chances are you are paying more in taxes than a comparable single taxpayer. Senator Mike Enzi is cosponsoring a bill that would change this unfair tax policy.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 21 million married couples in 1996 paid an average of $1,400 more in income taxes than if they were single.

"The tax code has become a tangled web of rules and regulations that seems to have taken on a life of its own, pardoning and punishing taxpayers with no rhyme or reason," said Enzi. "The public is demanding a simpler and fairer tax code. This bill takes at least one tangled tax code thread and straightens it out by doing both."

The Marriage Tax Elimination Act (S. 1285) (click here for summary of bill) would give couples the option of filing a combined tax return. This would be figured by dividing a couple's total taxable income in half and computing each half using the same rates as single filers. Then by adding the two halves together they would arrive at their total tax liability.

"Stronger families are what our nation needs, but here we have a tax code that actually penalizes people for getting married," Enzi said. "I'm pleased to cosponsor a bill that's a tangible effort to unjumble some of this harmful tax bureaucracy."

More information concerning the IRS and taxes can be found by visiting Enzi's Web page at