The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced on Thursday that all same sex, legally married couples will file federal tax returns together for this upcoming tax season. This ruling applies to all states where legally wed, same sex couples may reside, regardless of whether or not same sex unions are legal in that particular state.
This decision entities same sex couples to federal benefits and allows them to move any where in the country without questioning their filing status, which has become a growing concern for same sex, married couples.
Although this ruling applies to all legal marriages within the United States, according to the Treasury, it does not apply to civil unions, registered domestic partnerships or other legal relationships.
“Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide. It provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve,” said Secretary 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.”