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Treasury: IRS to Recognize Married Gay Couples

Gay couples legally married in the United States will be permitted to file jointly under normal rules for married taxpayers, even if they reside in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, the Treasury Department announced this afternoon.

From a statement by Treasury:

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

“Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide. It provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve,” said Secretary Jacob J. Lew. “This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change.”

The ruling comes in the wake of the Supreme Court decision striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which held marriage to be between a man and a woman.

22 Responses to Treasury: IRS to Recognize Married Gay Couples

  1. Our daughter, Lydia Deetz, just married Mr. Beetlejuice. He says he has been dead for four hundred years. He seemed very much alive at the nuptials! Can she take him as a dependent?

    • I once had a layabout son-in-law that I suspected was brain dead who only seemed to function well as an expert on baseball stats. He was a “dependent” in every definition of the word, so I imagine that just claiming that one has been dead for hundreds of years could be a qualifier, too.

      It might be difficult for the undead to get a good job, unless one could pull some strings for a government placement. The Veteran’s Admin seems to be the ideal employer for the undead if news reports are true.

      Anyway, congrats to the newlyweds. You must be so proud.

  2. I adopted a dog, is she now a dependant? Do any of the states that allow same sex marriage have any residency requirements? Or are couples allowed to drive in, get married, and leave again?

    • @Robin
      If you can assure the Feds that you were motivated by “love” and not any base sexual perversions (as I’m sure you’re not), then you and Dog can be legally married just as gay humans who claim “love” was their motivation.
      Assuming that you are a female, the same as Dog, then you are on sound legal grounds twice over as per the POTUS, and every liberal in America.

      Congrats to you and Dog, may your years be long and happy.

      • srdem65, I usually agree with your comments, but personally I think comparing gay marriage to a union between a person and an animal is pretty low.

  3. How nice of the IRS, allowing two gay people to be responsible for back taxes, penalties, and wage garnishment as a result of poor judgement of one of them.
    Double the collections for the IRS, win/win.
    There’s no reason to suspect that collection agencies won’t be joining in the celebration of the gay marriage party, again, two people’s wages to garnish for bad debts. Another win/win.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of the heterosexual marrige all you gays. Awaiting you are the travails of taxes, old debts, in-laws, miserable in-laws, despicable ex-es, the trashing of your once stellar reputation as your spouse gets caught doing something (or someone) not approved, and then there’s the rocky terrain of the big D, divorce, where you discover that money and property trumps love.

    • Yes–all that–good and bad. And then everyone can just live rather than fighting over this. Yes, the bible mentions this–thousands of yrs ago–and also said slavery is ok and we know from this week that slavery did not work out well. So we have to use our big brains to just do this and let it be.

    • Yeah, never really thought the leviathan would be supporting homosexual marriage if there wasn’t something in it for them. This opens up a whole new revenue stream for the beast.

  4. Sometime 50 years from now we will be trying to explain to our young descendants about the gay marriage debate and they will ask…”What’s marriage?”

    • Yes–we will be lucky if people play the long game and take care of the kiddies–as things get more and more screwed up and the word commitment becomes less and less appealing.

  5. I see some geezy comments on here–this is coming, in fact, it’s here. They should get the whole niner–divorce, community property, tax deductions etc…Marriage EQUALITY. This is not like marrying your dog or a dead person–come on. Personally I know gay couples who lived together 20 yrs (two couples) and then broke up–it’s like any other relationship. Life is too short to micromanage everyone–I just wish the admin would see that.

      • Then so be it. I am too exhausted to worry about this. I did not happen to be attracted to my own gender as are 2-8% of people. If you are all creeped out (not you, Julie–anyone) then don’t watch the Bravo channel or whatever. It probably won’t ruin your life.

    • I meant my comment as if my dog was a child (dependant) not marriage. Maybe the whole IRS needs to be revamped so that nobody gets taxed more or less just because they are married or not. We need to stop the social engineering using the IRS. I would give up my child tax credits and my mortgage interest deductions.

      • To all;
        I was being snarky and meant to be sarcastic, butt… offense intended. It seems that sometimes I write faster than I think.
        Apology is tendered if I offended.

        I don’t have a problem with gay marriage or any combination of people who want to get married. Live and let live, yes?

        • Doesn’t affect me at all sitting here, single, staring at a cactus–and I do think societies can think change and yes, evolve. The fact that this is in the Bible means that some people turned up with this orientation thoughout history not from watching a TV show or parade. We need more solid units, families, commitment. Divorce lawyers need to eat, too.

  6. Was listening to a legal show on the radio and a lawyer came up with the scam of.. A man “Marry’s” his son and thus his “Spouse” is able to inherent with no death tax being paid. Kinky but think of the tax savings.

  7. I live in Panama. I am on the Embassy’s email mailing list. They give travel alerts and that sort of thing. They sent this IRS message last week.