Ala. marriage ban battle complicates tax matters

Ala. marriage ban battle complicates tax matters

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Same sex couples in the state will not be allowed to file joint state taxes, even if they are legally married - however they are allowed to file joint federal taxes.

Couples must follow the laws of the state they're filing in, even if they were married in a state that recognizes same sex marriage.

If they're filing in a state that does not recognize the marriage, like Alabama, currently - they have to file separately.

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That means same-sex married couples in Alabama are missing out on the tax benefits couples of the opposite sex are receiving.

Accountant Brad Garland said this system also makes the filing process much more complicated for same sex couples.

"You're basically having to pay for an additional filing, where you could have just filed jointly, and a lot of people are seeing [instead of] just having two returns they have to file, they're suddenly having to file three - or depending on your state's situation, maybe multiple," Garland said.

Garland also said the filing rules for next year's taxes could be drastically different, depending on that Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected this summer.

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