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For gay couples in Ohio, for now, it remains "filing separately"
With court decision in limbo, so are changes in tax filings
Story by LEWIS WALLACE


 

A federal judge has ruled that Ohio will have to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports taxes are one area that could be affected.

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There are lots of legal implications to recognizing these out-of-state marriages—adoption, health care, and of course—taxes.

Right now, married same-sex couples are considered single when they file in Ohio—

So they have some extra paperwork to do, says Gary Gudmundson with the Ohio Department of Taxation.

GG: If they have filed jointly at the federal level, which is acceptable and accepted, Ohio because our state constitution does not recognize same-sex marriages...same sex couples filing in Ohio are filing two income tax forms.

And that will continue, for now—

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black is likely to put a stay on his decision while the state of Ohio files an appeal.

If Ohio did have to get in line immediately that would be complicated, given that it’s tax day. Today.

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