IRS to Recognize All Gay Marriages

Following the Supreme Court's strike down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, the IRS announced on Thursday that it will recognize all legal same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes.

According to The New York Times, the Treasury Department and IRS ruled that all couples will be recognized, even if the state they live in does not recognize the union.

“Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax-filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide,” said Treasury 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."

In addition, The New York Times reports that same-sex couples will also be able to file amended returns for certain tax years which could make them eligible for refunds, if they so choose.

Another historic moment and important step in moving forward with equal rights for all!