Levin Reintroduces Equal Dignity for Taxpayers Act

Oct 24, 2017 Issues: Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today reintroduced legislation to clarify equal treatment for all married couples under the U.S. tax code.

The Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act would remove gender-specific references to marriage in the U.S. tax code, reflecting the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The bill would make sure the U.S. tax code is updated to ensure equality for all married Americans.

 “It’s now been more than two years since the Supreme Court handed down the ruling ensuring marriage equality throughout the country. This bill would carry this equality to all married couples under our country’s tax code, providing them with the fairness, dignity, and basic rights we all deserve,” said Rep. Levin.

The bill is cosponsored by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Judy Chu (D-CA), Danny Davis (D-IL),  Susan DelBene (D-WA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Ron Kind (D-WI), John Larson (D-CT), John Lewis (D-GA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), and Mike Thompson (D-CA). Identical legislation has been introduced in the United State Senate by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Levin introduced identical legislation in the 114th Congress. A copy of the bill text is available here.