Ed and Wendy are a married couple with no children. Each earns $85,000 per year, and their…

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Ed and Wendy are a married couple with no children.
Each earns $85,000 per year, and their combined
household adjusted gross income is
$170,000. John and Kristen also have $170,000 in
combined household adjusted gross income and
no children. However, Kristen earns all of the
income; John does not work.
a. Use the 2009 tax rates for married couples filing
jointly described in this chapter to compute
how much income tax each couple owes.
Assume that both take the standard deduction.
b. Does either couple pay a “marriage tax”? Does
either couple receive a “marriage benefit”?
[Note: To answer this question, you will need
to look up the 2009 tax rates for single individuals.
These can be found at the IRS Web site at
http://www.irs.gov/formspubs.]

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