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What if a Kid Has More than Two Parents?

By | July 9th, 2012|Categories: Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes|Tags: , |

A bill being proposed in California would allow a child there to have more than 2 parents. What would the tax issues be?

States Cracking the Whip on Delinquent Taxpayers

By | October 21st, 2011|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , |

In these tough economic times, states are getting tough with people who owe back taxes.  In California, not only does the state publish an on-line list of the "top 1,000" worst tax offenders, but those people on the list can lose their driver's licenses.  From the Wall Street Journal: The California driver's license suspensions will affect [...]

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Same-Sex Marriage News

By | October 17th, 2011|Categories: Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes, State Taxes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

For my same-sex clients and anyone else interested in the issues, here is an update on DOMA challenges and gay marriage news.  This is all from the Wall Street Journal (link is at the end of this article). California passed a law last week that will allow gay married couples from other states to get divorces [...]

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Gay Marriage: Taxation of Social Security Payments in Community Property States

By | October 14th, 2011|Categories: Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes, State Taxes|Tags: , , , |

The tax rules for married gay couples living in community property states, such as California, are complicated.  At the federal level, married gay couples must split their income and deductions 50/50 on their separate federal returns.  (Remember, married gay couples can't file joint returns; the only allowable filing statuses are single or head of household.) There [...]

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IRS Apoligizes to Same-Sex Couples in California

By | June 12th, 2011|Categories: Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes, State Taxes|Tags: , , |

The IRS has issued a public apology to same-sex couples in California who have had tax returns rejected.  A year ago, the IRS ruled that same-sex married couples and "registered domestic parners" in California can now apply "community property" rules when filing their federal tax returns.  But dozens of same-sex taxpayers in California have had their [...]

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