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Colorado Legislature Approves Joint Tax Filing For Gay Couples


Colorado's House of Representatives today passed a measure previously approved by the state's Senate that would allow Coloradans in same-sex marriages to file joint tax returns. The bill will now head to Governor John Hickenlooper's desk for his approval or veto. According to the AP:

The Colorado House passed the measure Monday on a largely party-line vote with Democrats in favor... 

The measure requires gay couples in a civil union to file their Colorado taxes using the same filing status on their federal tax return if they are married in another state. 

While Republican lawmakers complain that the measure would violate the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, Democrats insist they are merely complying with federal law. Back in August the Federal Government announced it would recognize same-sex marriages for the purpose of filing joint tax returns regardless of where the marriage took place and irrespective of whether the state in which a couple currently resides recognizes same-sex marriage. According to the Treasury Department:

Any same-sex marriage legally entered into in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory, or a foreign country will be covered by the ruling. However, the ruling does not apply to registered domestic partnerships, civil unions, or similar formal relationships recognized under state law.

Colorado currently does not allow same-sex marriage but codified civil unions in March of last year.

Check out a news report on Colorado's newest legislation concerning same-sex couples, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Most states base state income taxes on the paperwork filed for federal taxes. Colorado is one of them. So the state had one of two choices: allow married same-sex couples who file jointly on their federal returns to file jointly on state returns, or do a total overhaul of the state tax code to disconnect state and federal returns.

    Colorado took the simpler choice, which hopefully will be the wedge that brings marriage equality to that state.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Feb 18, 2014 3:49:22 PM

  2. It's certainly a luxury for me to say this since my partner and I aren't married, but I almost support the idiot conservatives here in their attempts to block this. If state governments start enacting policy that contradicts federal policy, it might create enough legal action on our side that it quickly goes to the SCOTUS. SCOTUS should've given the country marriage equality when they struck down DOMA. And while it's unbelievably refreshing to see these unconstitutional marriage equality bans being overturned on a state-by-state basis. It's time this idiotic and ridiculous discrimination come to a sweeping end once and for all. Perhaps actions by the bigots to block federal policy can fast track this in the legal system and get this over with!

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Feb 18, 2014 3:56:38 PM

  3. Same sex marriage will be the law of the land by the end of 2014. The Supreme Court obligated itself to hear the Utah case (by granting a stay). I can't imagine that they'll contradict every lower federal court and so many state courts!

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Feb 18, 2014 8:22:28 PM

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