Women and Taxes

Policy Reports | Taxes | Work & Wages

No. 250
Thursday, February 28, 2002
by Edward J. McCaffery

Last Words

"Fix fringe benefit rules by allowing workers to freely choose other benefits or cash."

The time is right - indeed, it is long overdue - to fix the tax system's biases against two-worker families, which fall so often on the working mothers within them. Working mothers are a fact of life in America today. A tax system set against them is set against marriage for those who cannot afford tax's burdens and toward stress for the vast numbers who live and work under its antiquated rules. Fixing the Tax Code to make it more compatible with the needs of women today isn't all that complicated from a legislative standpoint, and may well be efficient and wealth-enhancing from an economic one. A women's agenda for tax reform stands ready at hand. It is time to pick it up and advance it.

NOTE: Nothing written here should be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the National Center for Policy Analysis or as an attempt to aid or hinder the passage of any bill before Congress.

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