IRS Marriage Recognition: Victory for LGBT Tax Payers

August 29, 2013

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force welcomes the decision by the Internal Revenue Service to fully recognize marriage equality for all married LGBT taxpayers. This means that the IRS will recognize LGBT same sex marriages even if those married couples live in states without marriage equality.

“This important decision by the IRS to recognize marriage equality for federal tax purposes is an enormous victory for hard-working, tax-paying, same-sex married couples across our nation,” said Rea Carey, Task Force executive director. “In practice this decision means that many married LGBT couples will see a larger tax return at the end of the year and a bigger paycheck at the end of the month.”

The decision comes hot-on-the-heels of the Task Force and other LGBT groups meeting with and urging Obama Administration officials to quickly implement the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling.

Today’s decision has enormous financial implications for LGBT married couples. For example, spouses’ health insurance benefits through their employers will not be counted as income for federal tax purposes, and married LGBT couples will be treated the same as married different sex couples for federal tax purposes.


This decision means more of our money in our pockets — that’s not just good for LGBT taxpayers, it’s great for the American economy,” Carey said.

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