Help me out if you can because I am thoroughly confused. My friends are a legally married lesbian couple in California, they were married prior to prop 8. Yesterday one of the girls was talking about taxes and stated she and her partner had filed joint returns, both state and federal. I said, "I was under the impression they could NOT file joint federal returns, those should have been filed as single and separate. Am I wrong about this? The whole subject matter and all the legalities surrounding it have me baffled, I wish someone who knows for sure can fill me in
Many Same-Sex Couples May Pay More in Taxes After Marriage
Tax Season Gets Trickier for Some Gay Couples - The New York Times
However, those on the extreme ends of the income spectrum should know that this may not be true for them. Their tax liability may actually go up once they tie the knot. If they had a dependent, one partner could qualify for head of household status. According to the Tax Policy Center, more than , same-sex couples filed joint tax returns in
Tax Season Gets Trickier for Some Gay Couples
It's been nearly three years since the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide. Confusion over taxes, however, for these filers continues. A recent survey by Credit Karma Tax found that more than a third of same-sex couples who got married between and said they were unsure and confused when it came to selecting their tax-filing status. Nearly three out of four respondents didn't know that the Internal Revenue Service had issued guidance on how gay couples can file their federal returns, which means there's still room for missteps once tax season rolls around.
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