by Chris Bodenner
“Next thing you know the IRS will let people file jointly with their dogs!” -no one as far as I know, but you get the idea.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) August 29, 2013
A reader adds to the great news:
Yet another aspect of the IRS ruling is the fact that many states derive their state income tax calculations from the Federal 1040 – et.al. Maryland (albeit a marriage equality state) populates its 502 form directly from the federal forms. Then you subtract the Schedule A deduction for MD state taxes, add in the County override, and you’re done. A non-marriage equality state would have to require that gay partners re-figure their tax liability as single people, and then use those numbers to file state taxes. I suspect that this level of complexity will weigh strongly against state tax agencies taking a “moral” stand against marriage equality, just to produce mountains of extra work and complexity. This is yet another tunnel being dug under the field of inequality that will contribute to its ultimate collapse.