WASHINGTON — All same-sex couples who are legally married will be recognized as such for federal tax purposes, even if the state where they live does not recognize their union, the Treasury Department and the IRS said on August 29th.
It is the broadest federal rule change to come out of the landmark Supreme Court decision in June that struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and a sign of how quickly the government is moving to treat gay couples in the same way that it does straight couples
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(This new ruling will affect NC couples married in other states in many different ways,
depending upon their respective incomes and assets). But it represents the “new normal”
—that marriage in any state is legal and accepted, not an abberation. Major Change!)