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Burdening Families

During the past 40 years, the federal income tax burden on a family of four has increased dramatically as a share of the family's income.

One root cause of this antifamily bias in the tax code is the eroding value of the personal exemption.

The second tax blow to family finances has been the increase in Social Security payroll taxes.

Families with children now have less aftertax income than elderly households, single persons and couples without children.

Source: Robert Rector, "Reducing the Crushing Tax Burden on America's Families,
" Backgrounder No. 981, March 7, 1994, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue,
NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 546-4400.


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