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Tax Tips for Same-Sex Married Couples

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Gay MarriageBy Alden Wicker

It's been another banner year for gay rights, with Maine, Maryland and Washington saying "I do," to same-sex marriages. Plus, same-sex marriage legislation is currently moving through the Rhode Island legislature.

But there's still a shadow hanging over the celebrations of these victories: In the eyes of the federal government, couples in legal same-sex marriages are still single.

So regardless of what your state's law says, if you're part of such a couple, when you pay taxes to Washington, you're considered single. (And that's only the beginning. When it comes to Social Security survivor benefits, or getting insurance under the coverage of your federally employed partner, you're also still single.)

There are two things you should know: First, this makes your taxes more complicated, and hence might require you to hire an accountant and/or pay more in fees for them to wade through the situation. Second, according to an analysis by H&R Block, same-sex couples pay as much as $6,000 more in taxes than heterosexual couples.

That certainly shouldn't stop you from getting married. But you probably have questions about what else you need to know if you're a Mrs. and Mrs. or Mr. and Mr. at tax time. We'll walk you through how to do your taxes right:



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rm42749

You guys should take a roll of quarters and shove them you know where then you won't mess your pants when see your tax return.

February 10 2013 at 10:04 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
irishguy32

Its always good to know you can count on the hillibillies and ignorant idiots to post their comments. Here is a newsflash for you: No one CARES what you think. You are a dying breed with your homophobia.

February 10 2013 at 11:38 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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mrspelosi

How sad and unfortunate for you that you had to show your own bigotry to try and get your point across dear. You appear to be quite hostile. Perhaps some anger management counseling might do you some good darling.

February 10 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
smaselli13

Don't forget to keep all those receipts. Obama and his group of abominations, has issued an executive order allowing the deductibility of KY jelly on all homosexual's tax returns.

February 10 2013 at 10:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
VegCon

Marriage always was and always will be because it is Natural between a Man and a Woman. Homosexuals are getting to many privaleges. I only wish that the Animal Rights and Protection Movement could have gotten better positive changes than the homosexual agenda

February 10 2013 at 7:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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billybuttlooker

Animal rights protect you don't they

February 10 2013 at 9:19 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
jcduyal

That sign should read "Just Married! To get government benefits".

February 09 2013 at 11:30 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ga7smi

don't rely on anything H&R Block says

February 09 2013 at 11:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tokenfan

Most accountants have traditional values and morals and wouldn't prepare a tax return for a couple of froot loops.

February 09 2013 at 4:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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