marriage bonus

marriage bonus

A popular term for health and longevity benefits linked to being married, attributed to better diet, fewer bad habits, lower risk-taking, improved medical care and companionship in married individuals.

marriage bonus

Psychology A popular term for health and longevity benefits linked to being married; the 'bonus' is attributed to better diet, ↓ bad habits, ↓ risk-taking, improved medical care, and companionship in married persons. See Companionship, Extended family, Most significant other, Nuclear family. Cf Social isolation.
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For tax advisors still coping with 2016 tax law, there are interactive tools for an individual ACA penalty calculator and a marriage bonus and penalty calculator.
A Discussion of the Marriage Bonus and the Marriage Tax
A much smaller percentage of couples would receive a marriage bonus when the child was five: only 10.
20) For example, only married couples with disproportionate incomes (that is, traditional couples with one principal wage earner) tend to be eligible for the marriage bonus.
Moreover, joint filing causes three significant departures from marriage and couples neutrality: the singles penalty, the marriage penalty, and the marriage bonus.
46) And two taxpayers earning $50,000 in combined income with split earnings of $30,000 and $20,000 would get a marriage bonus of one dollar (other things being equal).
Cameron's priority is axing tax on share deals and a pounds 20 marriage bonus, both mainly benefiting the better-off.
This marriage bonus grew over the next two decades.
There is still a marriage bonus when one spouse is the sole income provider.
Contrary to endless rants about the "marriage penalty" in the federal tax code, a larger number of people enjoy a marriage bonus, as reported by the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation in 1999.
The argument says that married couples in which one spouse earns much more than the other actually get a marriage bonus, because the low income brings down the overall tax bracket for the couple.
However, this separate tax schedule created a Marriage Bonus for married persons in states with separate property laws.

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