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IRS Extends Recognition to Gay Married Couples, Regardless of State Laws

Thursday Aug 29, 2013
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The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that all same sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes, regardless of whether the state where they live recognizes the marriage, the New York Times reported today.

"Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax-filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide," Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in a statement. "This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change."

"The Treasury said that the ruling applies to ’all federal tax provisions where marriage is a factor, including filing status, claiming personal and dependency exemptions, taking the standard deduction, employee benefits, contributing to an I.R.A., and claiming the earned income tax credit or child tax credit,’ the Times continued.

The ruling, which applies to all legal marriages in the U.S. and foreign countries, does not extend to civil unions, registered domestic partnerships or other legal relationships, the Treasury said.

"Same-sex spouses will be able to file as married couples for the 2013 tax year, the Treasury said," the Times report concluded, "and will also be able to file amended returns for certain prior tax years, meaning that many couples might be eligible for refunds."


  • Brandt Hardin, 2013-08-29 20:32:23

    Here in TN, they’ve gone as far as to declare this Saturday "Traditional Marriage Day" in which the bill passing this new state holiday quotes The Holy Bible. Why does the State feel it has the right to continually define marriage? Exactly what is "Traditional" Marriage in Tennessee seeing as even Interracial Marriage is STILL outlawed by the State Constitution along with Same Sex Marriage?

  • BlondieSL, 2013-08-30 09:26:23

    It’s truly amazing just how stupid these people who use "traditional" as their argument. They forget, ir just don’t realize, that EVERY TRADITION ON THIS PLANET at one time didn’t exist! EVERY ONE! Before something became a tradition, those few who did the "thing" were doing something NON traditional! It wasn’t until more and more people adopted said "thing" that it became a tradition. Gay marriage is not considered traditional as yet, but as EVERY OTHER tradition out in the world, as more accept it, it will be as "traditional" as any other. Too bad that alk the lame ducks don’t/can’t wrap their lil pointy heads around that. And the rule of separation of church and state NEEDS to be enforced upin alk states. Churches are only for their own followers. A state or country’s residents are individuals and don’t necessarily follow tge same religion or don’t believe in any religion. Therefore no state has any right to force religion on anyone.

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