March 14, 2013
Nanette Lee Miller's Op-Ed "A Quick Explainer on Same-Sex Couples, Taxes" Featured on Advocate.com
By Nanette Lee Miller
Tax expert Nanette Lee Miller explains how same-sex couples can deal with the tangled ball of wires that is the American tax system.
In a couple of weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments related to California's Proposition 8, which rescinded marriage equality across the state, as well as the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. But before either case potentially makes broad changes for the rights of same-sex couples, many of us, though legally wed, will still be forced to file individual income taxes for yet another year.
If you are in a same-sex relationship legally recognized in your state, it will affect how you file your taxes. If you're new to the disjointed state and federal laws for same-sex couples' taxes, do not expect the business-as-usual individual filing process. My firm created this map to specify how each state handles same-sex partnerships and taxes.