Monday, February 27, 2012

Being married doesn’t count when gay partners do their taxes

Interesting Article: "Being married doesn’t count when gay partners do their taxes"
~The Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — When Kathryn Norsworthy fills out her federal tax-return forms, she does so as a single person. So does her wife.

“When we file taxes, it’s sort of like we’re roommates,” Norsworthy said of her inability to legally combine incomes with her partner of 17 years, Deena Flamm. “There’s no legal connection.”

There are many advantages to filing a joint tax return, tax experts say, but because same-sex marriages and partnerships, though legal in some states, are not recognized under the federal Defense of Marriage Act, gay couples don’t have access to the same tax benefits available to married heterosexuals...

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