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Marcum Experts Respond to Federal Recognition of Michigan Same-Sex Marriages


New York City, NY – Today’s ruling by the federal government granting full federal recognition to the same-sex marriages performed last week in the State of Michigan carries important tax and estate-planning consequences for those new families, according to LGBT tax experts at Marcum LLP. Marcum was the first national accounting and advisory firm to establish a full-service practice dedicated to the unique needs of same-sex and non-traditional families.

“Unless and until the Appellate Court lifts the stay on the recent decision overturning Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, same-sex married residents will need to file state and federal tax returns using entirely different numbers,” said Nanette Lee Miller, Co-Leader of Marcum’s LGBT & Non-Traditional Family Practice. “As in other states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, this can be a complex and expensive undertaking, as different rules and different calculations apply at the state and federal levels. It is especially important to stay updated in states that are in transition, like Michigan, because there can be unintended tax consequences if your marriage is recognized and you do not file using the correct status.”

“Federal recognition for same-sex married Michigan taxpayers affords them the opportunity to take advantage of tax and estate planning opportunities that have always been available to traditional married couples,” said Janis Cowhey McDonagh, LGBT Practice Co-Leader and a trusts & estates attorney. “That is a tremendous benefit of recognition for these families. But at the state level, the situation is more complicated. For example, even if you live in a state where your marriage is recognized, you may have income from a different state that does not recognize your marriage. And some states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage are actually allowing couples married in other states to file joint returns.You need to know the rules and how they apply to your specific situation. The newly married Michigan couples should consult their financial advisors as soon as possible.”

Marcum LLP is the thought leader in the specialty area of tax compliance and consulting services for same-sex and other non-traditional families. The firm's professionals have more than 20 years of experience in dealing with the complex tax and financial rules faced by the LGBT community, state-by-state and around the country. For more information, including Marcum’s Top 10 Tax Planning Tips for Legally Married Same-Sex Couples and Top 10 Non-Traditional Family Estate Planning Tips, visit

About Marcum LLP
Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the United States. Ranked #15 nationally, Marcum LLP offers the resources of 1,300 professionals, including over 160 partners, in 23 offices throughout the U.S., Grand Cayman and China. Headquartered in New York City, the Firm's presence runs deep, with full-service offices strategically located in major business markets. Marcum is a member of the Marcum Group, an organization providing a comprehensive range of professional services spanning accounting and advisory, technology solutions, wealth management, and executive and professional recruiting. The Marcum Group companies include Marcum LLP; Marcum Technology LLC; Marcum Search LLC; Marcum Financial Services LLC; Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP; MarcumBuchanan Associates LLC; and Marcum Cronus Partners LLC.

Nanette Lee Miller, Partner, Co-Founder, Modern Family, Assurance

Partner, Co-Founder, Modern Family
San Francisco, CA
Janis Cowhey, Partner, Tax & Business

Tax & Business
New York, NY




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