I'm sooo frustrated, and upset about the fact that some states have don't separate set of tax brackets for single people and couples. it's as if they're punishing you, or assume that you're both working. Isn't the whole point of being a couple that you can divide your resources, and that one of the people don't have to work?
Let me say this in a different way. Let's take California Paystubs, or better said, California state tax. look below:
SINGLE and COUPLE STATE PAY SCALE
Let's keep the math simple, and say that you make 10,000 a year.
If you're single, you'll be paying 2% of your income, solely for california state tax, that's $200. But, then you decide to get married, and your partner wants to stay home with the children, as usually the reason to be in a marriage, and you still only earn $10,000, you will only be taxed at 1%, which will be only $100. Thereby decreasing your tax burden by half.
Which is how it should be, the law should promote living together, and being happy, and creating families. This is why I don't understand states like W. Virginia, which only has one pay scale, no matter if you're in a couple or Single status. You have 2 mouths to feed, or most likely more, again reasoning to become a couple, and you're still taxed at the same rate. even though the other person isn't working.
That seems anti family to me..