As previously reported, in the wake of Article 3 of DOMA being defeated before the US Supreme Court, the US Treasury Department announced that it would allow same-sex couples to file their taxes jointly with the IRS regardless of whether the state in which they currently reside recognizes their unions as legal. Today, the IRS released an informational video providing tips to same-sex couples who, for the first time ever, can file jointly:
"From now on we will treat same sex spouses as married for all federal tax purposes. This change applies as long as you got married in a location that recognizes same sex marriages. Either in the United States or another part of the world. It doesn't matter wether you were living there at the time you were married and it doesn't matter where you live there now. This change applies to all federal tax previsions where marriage is a factor. Such as determining filing status, claiming personal and dependency exemptions, taking the standard deduction,receiving employee benefits, contributing to an IRA and claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax credit. Among other things, it means that generally speaking you now need to file your Federal income tax return either as married filing jointly or married filing separately. You don't need to amend your returns from the previous years but, you may want to by filing form 1040X."
The video joins hundred of other instructional videos the IRS has posted online that covers a wide array of topics.
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