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Same-Sex Couples Eligible for Joint Tax Returns

Married same-sex couples who reside in Maryland can file jointly in 2014.

Same-sex married couples in Maryland will be able to file joint tax returns but they'll have to wait a year to do so.

Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday in a statement that "same-sex couples in the State of Maryland – whether married in this state or in other states – will have the opportunity to file joint tax returns for Tax Year 2013, and will receive the same state tax treatment as any married couple."

The comptroller issued the statement a day after a Washington Times story reported that same-sex couples in Maryland would not be eligible to file jointly.

Franchot said the story "contained significant misinformation regarding the tax filing status of same-sex couples in Maryland."

That story raises questions about Maryland's tax code that could prevent same-sex couples from filing jointly, including some federal laws.

Franchot said those hurdles will be cleared in the next year and open the door to same-sex couples filing jointly in the state.

"This will occur either as a result of a legislative action, or if necessary, a regulatory change, either of which is necessary because Maryland’s tax code is conjoined to the IRS unless specifically decoupled.  My senior staff and I will work with legislative leaders over the next few weeks to determine the most appropriate course of action," Franchot said in his statement.

The changes, if they occur, will allow same-sex couples to file jointly for the tax year 2013—which is actually filed by April 15, 2014.

"I proudly testified in strong support of the Civil Marriage Protection Act and remain a steadfast supporter of marriage equality," Franchot said. "Honoring Maryland’s hard-earned reputation for fairness and equality, this change will afford same-sex couples with the rights and protections commensurate with their obligations as taxpayers.”

Maryland voters approved a state law sanctioning same-sex marriage in Maryland. The first marriages are expected to take place after the first of the year.

Craig December 20, 2012 at 03:24 AM
What about marriage between a man and three women? What about a man and his dog? I love my dog and I make love to it... am I entitled to marriage? Why not? We've expanded the definition this far... why is it any different? What about a transgender man and three other transgender people? Why can't we be married under state law in some sort of kabal? I am just bringing up some issues that I find repulsive. I DO THINK GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES should have the right to be married. It isn't my or the government's business what they do in their homes. BUT I ALSO WANT THE "LGBT" community to stand up to the beastiality, amorphous and other side communities that want to latch on to their movement. Sorry, I want them to come out strongly and reject these truly crazy ideas and ideals. Sorry, I don't support a man and his cat and I don't support threesomes as equal or needing protection under a law.
Voice of Reason December 20, 2012 at 04:00 AM
As long as all those involved are consenting adults who are legally able to enter into a contract, I don't see the issue with polygamous marriages.
Craig December 20, 2012 at 05:21 AM
It would be a lawyer's dream... that's for sure. Three, four, five, ten adults getting married. One dies or decides to move on. Great money for the divorce lawyers. And how about kids with three, four, ten parents? Where do they go after divorce? And how about a Muslim guy, who can now force, legally, his marriage on 2-3 women who are otherwise scared to say "no" because of their families/culture/upbringing. Now we can have all the benefits of a Muslim society where women are treated like sub-humans and the property of men! Awesome! And it will be legal under the law. Sorry, I reject it. It won't lead to many positive things.
M. Sullivan December 20, 2012 at 08:14 AM
Well FIFA, as usual, you resort to childish name calling when you have nothing worthwhile to say. You must believe this makes you sound aggressive and tough. I am now so intimidated by your sharp wits that I can barely stand it. You can now run upstairs and tell your mother that you scared someone. Good boy!
MarkV December 20, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Al is correct our Country is in decline due to things like this.
number9dream December 20, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Yes, I've heard of a married couple being referred to as a "corporate" entity. That being the case, why stop at two? The possibilities are endless. And as Craig states, particularly for the lawyers.
Kenn Bing December 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Wow. I find this interesting. That this story is o. The crofton patch, but the strong opinions both pro and con are not from Crofton. Nor are the Pate h reporters. So what is the purpose of posting this article I. The crofton patch and not the Pikesville or Towson or Wheaton or. ...patch instead. Brian Sears can you explain why you post this article (or anyone else in patch who may have done this) in the Crofton Patch? Why is it newsworthy to this communty particularly? Thank you.
number9dream December 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Seeing the many articles in Patch regarding this subject, I've often wondered who might have a dog in the fight. See the very first comment. Do you think you or I will receive a plausible explanation?
Bryan P. Sears December 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM
number9dream: The reason for the story is in graph 3. The "breaking news" bulletin was my mistake. I accidentally clicked the box as I was clicking a box to feature the story. Once the story was approved, the alert couldn't be pulled back. My fat fingers or I was moving faster than I should have. There's nothing else to infer from it. If it offended you or anyone else, I apologize for the unwarranted alert and will make every effort to not do it again.
Bryan P. Sears December 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
A comment by user Baylee C. was removed because it contained masked profanity. You can review Patch's terms of use here: http://towson.patch.com/terms
Bryan P. Sears December 20, 2012 at 04:24 PM
A comment by user "David" was removed because it contained masked profanity. You can review Patch's terms of use here: http://towson.patch.com/terms
number9dream December 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Thanks Bryan. That's plausible enough for me. As for my friends David, Baylee, et al, nowhere in my comments did I mention opposition to gay marriage, nor did I disparage anyone or call anyone names. I have a number of gay and lesbian friends and I love them dearly. Merry Apocalypse everyone!
John December 20, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Uggg. Some people still don't get it. Marriage has nothing to do with religion. Nothing. Two atheists can get married by the justice of the peace. And if you want to reference homesexuals in the Bible, let's also discuss how the Bible feels about slavery - because I've read it and the Bible thinks slavery is just fantastic.
Joe Thomas December 21, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Unbelievable. Two of them can simply claim that they are a "couple" and enjoy the advantage of a joint return. Can I declare that I am in a relationship with a tree?
Voice of Reason December 21, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Reductio ad absurdium will get you nowhere here. And no, they can't just claim they're a couple and file a joint return; they have to get married first. Maybe your reading comprehension skills could use a little work as well.
Bill Howard December 22, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Sorry Al....this site has been infiltrated with people who hate Christians. You will be defamed and defecated on by their ilk when you state God's words or positions. However, just remember the Sermon on the Mount. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake..."
Brook Hubbard December 22, 2012 at 01:49 AM
"However, just remember the Sermon on the Mount. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake..."" Ah, how people pick and choose. Remember the Sermon on the Mount, where he decreed, "You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:43-48) Remember the Sermon on the Mount, where he said, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Matthew 7:1-2)
Brook Hubbard December 22, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Few here hate Christians... most here purport to be so. What some people are attacking are those who ~claim~ to be Christian, while ignoring everything Jesus Christ himself said. The words of some so-called "Christians" are so full of hate, prejudice, and ignorance, that even missionaries I've shown them too are saddened by what is said in Jesus name. And that's why we remember the Sermon on the Mount, where he made clear, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’" (Matthew 7:21-23)
Gary December 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Number, well it is obviously all about money. When are those married to their pet, job, religion, artwork, friends, etc gonna get a tax break?
Gary December 22, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Joe, this is maryland, remember. They don't like trees here. I'm with you.
Gary December 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Voice of Reason-maybe the people making sure the marriage is authentic will be the same "dedicated" people checking for medicaid fraud HAHA. You have no idea and before you counter this statement do some research out in the community.
FIFA December 22, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Why would you think, if you do, same-sex couples would lie in higher percentages than others? That appears to be your insinuation.
Chris W December 22, 2012 at 01:57 PM
It no longer matters if you supported SSM or not. The referendum passed and it is now the law of the land. You dont have to like it, but it's time to let it go.
FIFA December 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
You sound depressed Gary. Are you see a professional? Do you wish to harm yourself or others?
Frank December 22, 2012 at 03:34 PM
OK, you're babbling about trees, medicaid fraud, the age of your car and house, and "people making sure that marriage is authentic". Very random, but this post concerns me.
Gary December 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
dear FIFA and Frank, not depressed, just tired of paying for entitled persons with my hard earned money. THANKS for your concern anyway. Thanks for the insult too,
Frank December 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Another name-changer here. "Julie" was "Gary" until sometime between 8:34 a.m. and 11:34 a.m.
Gary December 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
BTW FIFA are you a jerk much?
Bill Howard December 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Best to get rid of the whole income tax. Ne sex issues and income tax was always a Marxist favorite anyway.
bystander December 24, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I would bet most gay folks are against the idea (and even legislation) of several people entering into a marriage. Most Patch commentators proclaiming their homosexual partnership have been silent on defending this idea. Maryland should make people partnerships the same as corporate partnerships...any number of people and any gender. It removes the religion from the subject, which seems to have become the analytical argument. Rewritten tax codes to address the people partnerships will handle the other problem of defunct marriage tax benefits and medical decisions. I do believe the Civil Marriage Protection Acts have cracked the nut wide open for such unthought of arrangements. I am generally a conservative thinker and traditionalist, but see these measures as the only way to avoid all citizens from claiming discrimination by the current marriage laws.

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