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The IRS/Treasury Department Announcement & Estate Planning

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17. The ruling establishes that the IRS will recognize same-sex marriages for all federal tax purposes regardless of where the couple lives, as long as the couple was married in a jurisdiction that recognizes such marriages. So, for example, if a couple was married in Connecticut (a recognizing state), but now live in Kentucky (a non-recognizing state), they will receive the same federal tax treatment as heterosexual couples residing in Kentucky. The ruling clarifies that a "state of celebration" approach will be used versus a "state of residence" rule. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew says the decision "[a]ssures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change." It is important to note that, according to the ruling, "marriage" does not include a registered domestic partnership, civil union or other similar arrangement. The ruling applies to all federal tax provisions where marriage is a factor, including: filing status, estate tax exemptions, personal and dependency exemptions, the standard marriage deduction, IRA contributions, earned income tax credits and employee benefits. More >

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