Target: U.S. Department of the Treasury
Goal: Commend the U.S. government for treating gay couples as equal to heterosexual couples for tax purposes
The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that gay couples who legally marry in any of the thirteen states that recognize same-sex marriage, a foreign country, or the District of Columbia will be treated equally for tax purposes. This new policy comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional because it violated the equal protection rights of same-sex families. This decision serves as a small step towards obtaining equal rights for the gay community throughout the United States.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew stated that the Treasury’s ruling would ensure coherent and clear guidance for legally married same-sex couples when filing their taxes nationwide. Under the federal tax law, gay couples will have access to responsibilities, protections and benefits that all American citizens are entitled to and deserve. Furthermore, the ruling also makes sure that legally married gay couples can move throughout the country without the threat that their filing status will change if they reside in a state that outlaws same-sex marriage.
Under the treasury’s rules, legally married gay couples must use the title “married filing separately” or “married filing jointly” as their filing status when they file for their income tax returns. Furthermore, those same-sex couples will have the ability to amend their tax filings for 2010, 2011, and 2012 to rectify their marital status for those years. The status of same-sex couples who are legally married and file jointly under federal law but are residing in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage is unknown. However, that issue will be considered in the future as federal courts continue to debate whether state laws that do not recognize gay marriage violate the U.S. constitution or not.
Furthermore, under the federal law same-sex couples in civil unions and domestic partnerships will not be recognized as legally married for tax purposes. Nonetheless, this decision marks a small step in the right direction for promoting equality for same-sex couples in the United States. Sign this petition to commend the U.S. Treasury Department for treating same-sex couples as equal to opposite-sex couples for tax purposes. Hopefully, more states will legalize same-sex marriage so that all gay couples throughout the country will benefit from this recent ruling for their tax purposes.
Dear U.S. Department of the Treasury,
We commend you for your recent decision to recognize same-sex couples for tax purposes in the District of Columbia, any foreign country or any of the thirteen states that legally recognizes same-sex marriage. Your decision promotes marriage equality and is a small step towards obtaining equal rights for individuals in the gay community in the United States.
Same-sex couples will now have access to benefits, responsibilities and protections accorded to them under federal tax law. Your decision assures that same-sex couples will have the same filing status regardless of where they reside, including states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. We applaud you for your decision, which promotes equality for members of the gay community.
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