SALT LAKE CITY — State officials are notifying gay couples that Utah’s policy about joint tax returns is unchanged despite recent federal recognition of same-sex couples.
Federal officials announced in August that gay couples could file joint federal tax returns even if they reside in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.
The federal decision came in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that invalidated a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
State Tax Commission spokesman Charlie Roberts says in a statement that because Utah does not recognize same sex marriages, gay couples will have to file separate state returns.
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