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A veto issued by Gov. Tony Evers eliminated tax cuts on the income for Wisconsin married couples above the first $36,840 per year they earn.

Those couples still receive reductions on the first $36,840 earned.

The 2023-25 state budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature would have cut income rates across the board a total of $3.5 billion over the two years.

The Democratic governor’s partial veto of the budget removed the rate cuts in the top two of the state’s four income brackets.

That left rate cuts for the lower income tax brackets, totaling $175 million.

The rate cuts for married couples filing jointly are as follows:

Income $18,420 to $36,840: 4.65% to 4.4%

Income $0 to $18,420: 3.54% to 3.5%

Taxpayers receiving the rate cuts save an average of $36 in tax year 2023.

Under the budget approved by the Legislature, the average savings would have been $573.

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for PolitiFact and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.