The Congressional Institute
1700 Diagonal Road. #730
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: (703) 837-8812

Do Members have to pay taxes?

Do Members have to pay income tax?

The tax laws state that everyone who earns a certain amount of money must pay an income tax. That covers income coming from private business, government salaries, military pay, and even unemployment checks. Representatives and Senators must pay their Federal income taxes like all citizens. Members do receive a minor tax deduction, but otherwise pay along with the rest of us (and that includes social security and medicare taxes, too).

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