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Re: Taxes and insurance
If he is making $60k, with the standard deduction of $24,400 for married filing jointly, that means $35,600 is taxed. That fits firmly in the 10% for the first $19,750 he earns, and then 12% for anything between $19,751 and $80,250. He is a long way from the 22% bracket. We have graduated taxes—higher tax rates on higher incomes, but no one pays 22% on all of their income. Having a spouse or spouse plus kids on insurance is just really expensive. I worked for a Texas state university which I won’t name that paid all of the cost of individual insurance but kids and spouse insurance was incredibly expensive.