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Tax Tips for Lesbians & Gays

Tax Tips for Married Gay and Lesbian Couples


A New York Lesbian Wedding

Married couples, like this couple from New York, will now be able to file joint tax returns.

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Gay and lesbian couples who are legally married in places where same-sex marriage is legal can now file as "married" on their Federal Income Tax returns. With the overturn of the "Defense of Marriage Act" the Federal government now recognizes same-sex couples who are legally married regardless of whether they currently live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage or not.

Some states recognize same-sex marriage and others do not. It's a good idea to check with a local tax preparer or accountant if you're not sure how to file your income taxes or if you're unsure of how your state and local government recognizes your marriage or domestic partnership.


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