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IRS Announces Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Treated Equally Under Tax Laws

The Internal Revenue Service will now treat gay marriages equally under federal tax law, following this summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision striking down the same-sex marriage ban in the Defense of Marriage Act. The announcement was made today by the IRS and the Treasury Department, and it makes clear that all same-sex couples will be treated the same, even if they live in states where gay marriage is not legal.

The Supreme Court decision now allows same-sex couples to receive the same federal benefits as straight couples. However, the same benefits will not apply to civil unions or registered domestic partnerships, as a press release from the Treasury Department explains, but it makes clear right at the top that this will apply to same-sex couples even in “a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.”

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew touts the new guidelines in a statement as finally giving equal rights and benefits to same-sex marriages.

“Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide. It provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve… This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change.”

h/t WaPo

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