Married Gay Couples Take on the IRS

Tuesday, April 05, 2011 , , 0 Comments

Via NYT's Bucks:

Some same-sex married couples are refusing to file their federal tax returns separately this tax season, as part of a movement demonstrating that they’re no longer content to quietly comply with the federal law that does not recognize same-sex marriage. And in some cases, these taxpayers will pay Uncle Sam more when they do so.


“More people are refusing to lie on those forms, even though the government is telling them to,” said Nadine Smith, executive director of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group Equality Florida, who plans on filing a joint return with her wife, Andrea. “It would be both dishonest and deeply humiliating to now disavow each other or our marriage and declare ourselves single on our tax form.”

Refuse to Lie is a campaign to fight back against the federal government's discriminatory stance on gay marriage, using tax forms as the weapon. Though falsifying tax forms isn't recommended, you have to admit it's a pretty fine line when one is technically lying by following the rules and federally filing as single in states where same-sex marriages are recognized. Isn't that falsifying returns?

Let it be known that Americans hate the IRS, especially when the IRS makes judgments like whether or not one deserves the same treatment as the majority of the country.

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