By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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At CNNMoney's request, the Tax Institute of H&R Block calculated the 2013 federal income tax bill of a dual-earner married couple with two young kids -- and compared it to the tax bill of a single person without kids.

We assumed that both the couple and the single person made $100,000 in wage income. (See below for the other assumptions we made.)

And we looked at what their federal income tax burden would be across three cities: Seattle, Topeka and Queens, N.Y.

What we found: The single person paid much higher taxes in all three places -- between three and four times more.

In Queens, the single person's bill came to $11,660 versus $3,076 for the married couple.

In Topeka, the single person paid $13,410, and the married couple paid $4,066.

And in Seattle, the tax bills came to $12,360 versus $3,286.

The yawning gap held up even though each city has different state and local taxes, which influence how much federal tax people pay.

Why the huge disparity: The reason for the big differences is mostly a host of child-related tax breaks the couple can take on their federal return -- such as the child tax credit and other breaks for child care and dependents.


Image: Tax form, via Shutterstock



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