June 10, 1998 03:47 PM | Permalink |
It’s one of life’s little annoyances, at least for the majority of adults who are married. The couple next door, with exactly the same income as you and your spouse, pays less in taxes than you do. Your neighbors may be retirees living on Social Security and other things that are taxed much more lightly than your wages. Or they may get more of their income from tax-preferred investments on which income tax rates are considerably lower and payroll taxes are nonexistent. Or they may have a bigger mortgage than you or be more generous to charity.