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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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IRS Private Letter Ruling on Same-Sex Couples in California

By | June 8th, 2010|Categories: Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes|Tags: , |

The IRS recently issued a "private letter ruling" that affects same-sex married couples in California. Read more here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704080104575286931017169308.html. What affect does this have on same-sex married couples in Iowa? It really won't have much of an affect, because this ruling deals with "community property" rules. Iowa is not a community property state. I'll post a [...]

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