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Two proposals

A comparison of proposals to fix the tax code's "marriage penalty" offered by House Republicans and President Clinton:

House Republicans

Total cost: $182.3-billion

over 10 years

Adjusts upward for married couples the bottom 15 percent income tax bracket to make it twice that of single filers by 2005. Had it been fully phased in this year, couples would have paid a 15 percent rate on their first $52,500 of income, compared with $43,850 under current law.

Raises the standard income tax deductions for married couples who do not itemize to twice that of single filers beginning in 2001. Using this year's numbers, the deduction would rise from $7,351 to $8,800.

Raises the income cutoff for lower-income couples who claim the earned income tax credit by $2,000 beginning in 2001.

President Clinton

Total cost: $45-billion

over 10 years

Gradually raises the standard deductions for married couples by $2,150, by 2005.

An additional $500 would be added to the standard deductions for single-income married couples in 2005.

Single filers would see their standard deductions go up $250 in 2005.

Raises income caps for working families claiming the earned income tax credit by $1,450, expands the credit for families with three or more children and reduces the rate at which the credit phases out.

_ ASSOCIATED PRESS

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