Topic: Edith Windsor
If you got legally married in a state or country that recognizes same-sex marriage, the IRS will recognize your union, regardless of where you live now. The IRS will not grant joint filing status to civil unions or domestic partnerships, however.
The Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act could save thousands of dollars in federal taxes for gay and lesbian couples. In 13 states, just the ability to file jointly would mean an extra $6,100 in tax deductions for same-sex couples.
The president and attorney general conclude the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex married couples. Decision is a major policy shift on gay rights.
02/23/2011 07:47 pm