The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS released a statement today ruling that “all same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.”
This means that once the ruling goes into effect on September 16, every legally married same-sex couple from coast to coast will have achieved full equality in the eyes of the federal government (at least for tax purposes), regardless of where they live. This will come as great news to many Americans who in the past few years have considered relocation for federal tax benefits.
“Today’s ruling…provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve,” said Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew. “This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change.”
Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson says today is “a day of celebration,” but there is still much more work to be done:
“The fact that this new respect applies only to married couples – not those joined by domestic partnerships or civil unions – highlights the need for an America where everyone can marry the person they love in any state, and have that marriage respected at all levels of government.”
Wolfson also notes the organization’s dedication to win equality in all states by the end of 2016.