Tax implications of gay marriage

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    Jun 25, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    For people living in states that already have gay marriage (e.g. MA) and are married, please answer this for me:
    How do you file taxes as a couple? Separately for federal (which doesn't recognize same sex marriage) and together for state/city? Or does being legally married in your state mean that you can file as a couple for federal?
  • kolkii

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    Jun 25, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    you can't file joint for Federal, just state (assuming you're one of the 6)

    cue drums...

  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 25, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidFor people living in states that already have gay marriage (e.g. MA) and are married, please answer this for me:
    How do you file taxes as a couple? Separately for federal (which doesn't recognize same sex marriage) and together for state/city? Or does being legally married in your state mean that you can file as a couple for federal?


    Currently, only the states that have gay marriage/civil unions are the only ones that legally recognize such relationships, so that also entails tax incentives/benefits up to the state level. As far as federal, because of DOMA, those very marriages/civil unions are not recognized and therefore, don't qualify for the same tax breaks/incentives.
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    Jun 25, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
    We file jointly on the state & separately on the federal. We end up doing a dummy joint federal to fill out the state return correctly. Our incomes are similar, so there isn't much difference in the refund if we filed separately with.
    We use a tax preparer from HR Block, haved used her for 9 yrs.