Semantics. It's the same thing. I pay in more taxes than someone with a kid. The short and long of it is that I am being taxed for not having a kid.
That deduction for a kid is less than the deduction you as a person get.
So since it's more than one person, shouldn't the tax deduction go up?
Just like when I was single my tax deduction was 7500. When married, it went up to 15000.
Does that mean you're paying more for not being married? Nope. It means it's even.
Truly even, the deduction would go up to 22,500 for having a kid, 30k for two kids, etc etc.
but it doesn't. And kids are friggin expensive. Trust me on that.