IRS Gives Its Blessing to Married Gay Couples
Same-sex spouses get same treatment as hetero couples
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2013 3:17 PM CDT
Matthew Wiltse, right, and Jonathon Bashford hold hands as they are married last year in Washington state.   (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

(Newser) – It's another milestone for gay marriage, this one involving joint tax returns. The IRS says it will recognize all legally married gay couples, even if they no longer live in states that allow same-sex marriage, reports LGBTQ Nation. They can move wherever they want, and their federal tax status won't change. The new rule will provide “clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide," says Treasury chief Jack Lew.

The shift will bestow upon those couples the same tax benefits that hetero couples enjoy, though some may end up paying higher income taxes under the "marriage penalty," notes USA Today. The rule applies only to those who are in legal marriages and not, say, civil unions. Gay couples can amend returns going back to 2010 if they want. The move stems from the Supreme Court's decision to gut the Defense of Marriage Act in June, a case that revolved around a lesbian woman who got hit with a huge estate-tax bill when her spouse died.

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WarmWeatherGuy
Aug 29, 2013 9:57 PM CDT
Be careful what you ask for. Now gay people can have their lives ruined by a spouse and pay more taxes too. Yay?
Commentz
Aug 29, 2013 9:45 PM CDT
Gays better hope they don't get the same treatment as heterosexual conservatives or they'll be doomed.
dumsob
Aug 29, 2013 9:22 PM CDT
"same love" is happening like the song by macklemore, very much like slavery and african american rights some day everyone will be treated almost equal. my first post flame on...