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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Same-Sex Couples Can File Joint Returns in Five States & D.C.

Interesting article on Kiplinger: Tax Savings for Domestic Partners: Five States and the District of Columbia Now Allow Same-Sex Couples to File Joint Returns, by Kevin McCormally:

In the be-careful-what-you-ask-for realm, many gay and lesbian couples around the country may be kicking themselves for their efforts to win the right to file joint state income tax returns with their partners.

Now that tax season is upon us, more and more couples are discovering what a mess it can be when the federal government and the states have starkly different rules. Here’s help to guide you through the latest tax maze.

In Massachusetts (where same-sex couples can marry) and in California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Jersey and Vermont (which recognize civil unions or registered domestic partners), qualifying couples can file joint state income tax returns. That's still verboten at the federal level. ...

For an idea of the kinds of mine fields you might have to traverse, consider:

  • Capital gains and losses. ...
  • Real estate losses. ...
  • Mortgage interest deduction. ...
  • Miscellaneous expenses. ...
  • Roth IRA. ...

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