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The spousal benefits are provided to married people, regardless of whether they produced any children. And they're denied to non-married people, regardless of whether they had any children.

But isn't it a wash with the marriage tax penalties? That is, a couple filing don't have twice the deduction limits/amounts as a single.

Personally, the whole tax code needs to be thrown out and start fresh. What business is it of the government if I save for retirement, have kids or not, own a home or not, etc., etc., etc. IMHO, need a flat tax or sales tax with no deductions what so ever.

You could argue about making some stipulation for poverty level like first $20k earned is tax free or have a EBT card used to pay for the first $10k in sales tax.

JLC
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