• September 22, 2011

The rise of same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships, and civil unions in various states (and prohibitions thereon in others) has led to confusion about a number of issues, not the least of which is taxes.  Of course, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act prohibits same-sex couples duly married in Iowa or New York, from filing a joint federal return.  Still, the ambiguous nature of some tax provisions may cause those in same-sex relationships to miss out on deductions or credits to which they are entitled, such as the adoption credit.

The IRS, however, is attempting to better help same-sex couples navigate the choppy waters of tax law.  New guidance was issued last week for domestic partners in community property states and same-sex married couples in California.  With support for gay marriage growing, perhaps someday the same tax rules will apply to all.


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