Good morning. Monday is tax day and this year, tax day will be different. This
year, your tax rates are lower and you will keep more of your hard-earned money
to spend or save, as you see fit. Last year, I signed a tax relief bill that
will continue to reduce federal taxes by more than a trillion dollars over the
next 10 years.
Relief began almost immediately. Single taxpayers received checks for up to
$300. Single parent taxpayers received up to $500. And married couples received
up to $600. By now, American taxpayers have already benefitted from $57 billion
in tax relief. Yet, when it comes to tax relief, once is not enough.
So the best news is that tax relief is continuing this year. The child credit
was increased to $600 and made available to lower income Americans. For a single
mom with two kids making $18,000, this one change alone provides $800 in tax
relief. We're beginning a new low 10 percent bracket this year. We're making
it easier for low income workers to take their first steps up the ladder of
opportunity. And, starting this year, you will be able to save more of your
money tax free, whether in an education savings account, an IRA, or a 401(k).
Tax relief helps the working people of our country with more money to provide
for their families and pay their bills. And perhaps the best news of all is
that even more relief is on the way for many years to come.
The tax bill will continue to increase the child credit up to $1,000 per child
by the year 2010. The marriage tax will be reduced. And the unfair death tax
will be completely abolished. Millions of successful small businesses that pay
on the personal income tax schedule will find their taxes are going down.
And when the tax cut is fully phased in, 43 million married couples will see
their taxes reduced on average by over $1,700 per year. Thirty-eight million
families with children will receive an annual tax cut of almost $1,500 to help
pay for education, child care, or other expenses. Eleven million single mothers
will be able to keep an average of $770 more of their income each year to care
for their children. Thirteen million seniors will see their taxes reduced on
average by more than $900. And 3.9 million Americans will have their income
tax liability completely eliminated.
Next week, the House will take up legislation to make this tax relief permanent.
And I urge Congress to pass this vital measure.
Tax relief is a crucial part of my administration's overall economic growth
agenda, to create more high-paying jobs. Like our balanced energy plan and our
determination to knock down trade barriers, tax relief will help you achieve
the economic security you need to realize your dreams.