The IRS has officially announced that married same-sex couples may file married joint federal tax returns, whether the state in which they were married recognizes gay marriage or not.
In a statement released on August 28, the Treasury Department ruled that same-sex married couples have the same rights as traditional married couples, following the Supreme Court decision on Windsor v. United States. The IRS will recognize the validity of same-sex marriages and homosexual married couples will be treated equally under the federal tax code.
According to the statement from the IRS, the terms “husband and wife,” “husband,” and “wife” will have the same meaning as “spouse” as far as taxes are concerned. In informal terms, a spouse is a spouse is a spouse.
We will continue to keep our readers posted on tax and legal matters as the impact of the Supreme Court decision continues to be felt.