Against the backdrop of last June’s strikedown of a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the year-end guessing game is on as to just when the Social Security Administration might act on spousal benefits in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage.
In accordance with its state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the Virginia Department of Taxation ruled the state will not correspond with newly mandated United States Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) policy—equal treatment for same-sex married couples.
Same-sex couples now have the chance to claim tax benefits denied them under DOMA; not just for future returns, but retroactively, with an amended return.
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It’s not unheard of for the government to send mixed messages at any level, but this is a new one: although Missouri’s state constitution bans marriage equality, Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, announced on November 14 that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere—but only for tax purposes.
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From Chicago to Belleville, LGBT advocacy groups, along with lawyers and financial advisors across the state, were wasting little time in familiarizing same-sex couples with the financial and legal benefits of the landmark bill awaiting the signature of Governor Pat Quinn.
In late August, Danielle Moon, director of the Medicare Drug & Health Plan Contract Administration Group, announced equal nursing-home care for same-sex couples. Medicare Advantage plans guarantee individuals care in certain nursing homes where their spouse resides—a right earlier denied for same-sex couples.
It may be the Halloween season, but there’s nothing scary about the situation in New Jersey for same-sex couples ready to take advantage of tax, estate, and social security benefits following the state Supreme Court lifting of the marriage ban.