“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin
But while married same-sex couples can file federal taxes together for the first time this year since DOMA was struck down last summer, some individual states have made sure that it’s still a huge pain in the ass when it comes to those couples paying their state taxes.
You see, 23 states still refuse to recognize LGBT marriages, which means those couples then can’t file jointly when paying their state taxes.
The Atlanticreports, “In some places, this means gay men and women have to fill out multiple forms, sometimes saying they’re married, sometimes saying they’re single. Other states have created brand new forms, just for gay couples.”
The map below helps illustrate exactly which states are doing their best to promote intolerance. In the dark red states, where married couples have to file jointly at the federal level and separately at the state level, they also have to choose who claims the child or children on their return (it’s like if King Solomon was an accountant!).
But to be fair, those dark red states are doing what they can to help educate their residents on the proper procedures, like releasing tax bulletins that detail the complex steps same-sex couples must go through. And all with the objective neutrality you’d come to expect from places like South Carolina and Mississippi. In fact, Virginia’s five-page memo mentions that the Commonwealth does not recognize same-sex marriage or agree with the federal government’s decision to accept joint filings only seven times.
Joan Zawaski, an accountant in California who is also in a same-sex marriage, was reported as saying “In non-recognition states, it’s back like the battle days.”
But on the bright/face-palmingly hypocritical side, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon, and Utah will all accept married same-sex couples’ joint tax returns, even though all four have constitutional amendments against gay marriage. Apparently in Utah, 17 days is enough for them to charge you for the whole year…
In the end it doesn’t really matter though; we’re all working for no one but him anyways.