Are there State tax advantages to Married Gays in California?

Specifically addressing STATE tax status.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Same sex couples who got married during the brief time it was legal or registered domestic partners (California's term for civil unions) have to file state tax returns as married filing jointly or separately. IRS recognizes state community property laws that split income between the parties even though federal law does not recognize the marital status. This can make for some really horrendous tax return computations. The past president of the California Society of Enrolled Agents practices in San Francisco and has a number of same sex couples as clients. She states that fees for tax preparation for these couples can run four to five times what a straight couple would pay because they are so complicated.

  • tro
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    if you are registered with the Sec of State, you can claim the status of married, otherwise you cannot

  • ?
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    I would think they would have the same advantages as straight married couples, such as filing joint returns.

  • 8 years ago

    They get to use the filing status Married. The IRS still refuses to recognize same-sex marriages )-;

    Keep in mind that if you get domestic partner benefits, such as health insurance, that is taxable under IRS rules. You should seriously consult a qualified same-sex knowledgeable tax accountant prior to getting married.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    File MFJ with state. Lowered tax bill if only one partner works.

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