Category Archives: Gay marriage

IRS says, “If you’re married, you’re married: gay or straight, in any state.”

At last, a little clarity on tax filings for same-sex couples who get married: the IRS has announced, as The Washington Post reports that married same-sex couples should file as married couples — whether or not they live in a state that recognizes gay unions.

That means that if you’re gay and married, you can file for federal tax purposes as “Married Filing Jointly” or “Married Filing Separately”, but not as “Single.”

However, if you are in a state that does not recognize gay marriage, you may have to file as Single on your state return.

You still don’t get to file as a married couple at the federal level if you are in a civil union or a registered domestic partnership, as The New York Times points out.

Supreme court’s gay marriage ruling leaves many tax questions unanswered

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional was trumpeted as a great step toward equal treatment for gay couples. But the ruling leaves many questions about tax filings for same-sex couples unanswered. What we know: This is the easy part. Married same-sex couples living in the state where they…Continue Reading

Corporations say DOMA is a big tax hassle

I always say that everything’s about taxes. The current legal wrangling about gay marriage proves it once again. More than 200 companies have signed onto a brief filed with the Supreme Court saying that the Defense of Marriage Act has become an administrative hassle, forces them to discriminate against different classes of married employees, and…Continue Reading

Gay marriage at the Supreme Court: Taxes, as usual, are the key to everything

Edith Windsor saw the federal government claim more than $360,000 in taxes on the assets she inherited from her spouse’s estate when her spouse died in 2009. How could that be, when you are allowed to inherit an unlimited amount from a spouse free of estate tax? Edith’s spouse was a woman. She and Thea…Continue Reading