IRS issues tax rules for all legally married gay couples

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  • Contrariusester mid-state, TN
    Aug. 31, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    An excerpt from the NYT this morning, detailing some of the implications of the IRS announcement:


    Gay couples can now plan for how their financial lives will change when it comes to federal taxes, even though big questions remain about benefits like Social Security and veterans’ benefits. The ruling applies to a broad range of tax rules where marriage comes into play, and some will result in major savings. Some couples will no longer have to pay thousands of dollars in taxes on the value of their spouse’s health insurance, something their opposite-sex peers did not have to pay. Individuals can inherit a spouse’s retirement account and other assets without any extra tax implications. Nonworking spouses will be able to open an I.R.A. on their spouse’s earnings record. And the list goes on.

    “The Supreme Court opened the door to nationwide recognition of same-sex marriage, but the Internal Revenue Service swung it wide open,” said John McGowan, who heads the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender practice at Northern Trust.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 30, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    Anything limiting taxes to the feds is good.

  • aislander Anderson Island, WA
    Aug. 30, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    The war on marriage equality is over. Take it to the bank. That is not to say that the anti-gay forces will not continue waging increasingly futile battles as long as they can continue to fleece their supporters to pay certain individuals 6 and 7 figure salaries. Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher and Frank Schubert come quickly to mind.

    As Contrariusester correctly points out, the IRS ruling IS a very big deal. If withholding 50 state equality weren't so immensely unfair, the contortions that anti-equality folks use to couch their arguments would provide great amusement.

    NO ONE has been able to produce a single legally admissible shred of harm caused by gay marriage... Nothing. Nada. Zip. Even the lead expert for the anti-forces in the Prop 8 case had to testify under oath that individuals, families and society as a whole will be better off with marriage equality the law of the land.

    Folks, this is a matter the equal application of CIVIL law. Your religious prejudices are irrelevant. SSM harms NO ONE, and benefits many. It is long past time when the money and effort used against equality go to actually worthy causes.

  • Contrariusester mid-state, TN
    Aug. 30, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    @KDave --

    "It is a 2-way street. They will no longer be able to claim, Single head of household. Many will lose the earned income credit."

    You're missing the point.

    By issuing this new tax rule, the Federal government is recognizing same-sex marriages **across state borders**.

    They are applying the "full faith and credit" principle of recognizing all same-sex marriages, no matter where they were performed, even in states that do not currently permit same-sex marriage within their borders.

    This further weakens the claims of individual states that still wish to ignore marriages performed in other jurisdictions. They will have an even harder time justifying their current policies now that the Federal government is recognizing marriages that the states ignore.

    As I said earlier -- it's another mortal blow to marriage discrimination nationwide.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    It is a 2-way street. They will no longer be able to claim, Single head of household. Many will lose the earned income credit.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    Keep on laughing worf Utah just got big trouble.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 29, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    This is funny

  • Contrariusester mid-state, TN
    Aug. 29, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    "all legally married gay couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns even if they reside in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages."

    "This ruling assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change,"

    Another mortal blow to marriage discrimination nationwide.

    Great news. :-)