Are You Entitled to a Refund? Legally Married Same-Sex Couples Entitled to Sweeping Tax Refunds

Does the IRS owe you money?? As a result of the landmark decision in United States vs. Windsor, and the striking down of the infamous 1996 Defense against Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex couples that are legally married in any of the fifty states, District of Columbia, U.S. territories, or a foreign country are now eligible to refunds on ALL federal tax provisions that favor married couples who qualify. This comprehensive ruling and resulting IRS policy apply to same-sex marriages regardless of which state the couple lives in or are domicile. If you are legally married to your same-sex partner contact us to capitalize on this exciting news!

Currently, fourteen states (including the District of Columbia) recognize same-sex marriage. These states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, and Vermont. The above-named states have affirmed the right for same-sex couples to marry - whether by Court decision, legislative decision, or popular vote.

A little history on marriage: The regulation of marriage has historically been a right reserved to the states until the federal government signed DOMA into law in 1996. Once states began to affirm same-sex couples the right to marry, it was DOMA which stood in the way of their national recognition. Same-sex couples that were married in a state where it was legal, were still considered unmarried under national law, where it had become illegal. This created a marriage half-breed, so to speak. These marriages were not given the credit of federal tax benefit by the IRS thanks to DOMA.