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Mo. to accept joint state tax returns from married, same-sex couples

Thursday, November 14, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday he is directing officials to accept tax returns jointly filed by same-sex couples who were legally married in other states.

Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

The Democratic governor said his executive order deals solely with tax filing status and does not authorize or sanction same-sex marriage in Missouri.

It’s in response to a decision by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service that said legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married regardless of where they lived. That decision came after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Missouri’s tax code is tied directly to the federal government, and the state requires married couples who file joint federal tax returns also to file state taxes jointly.

Speaking at a news conference at the state Capitol, Nixon said recognition of same-sex marriage is a separate question from the tax filing issue, but that he hopes voters will have a chance to revisit that.

In 2004, Missouri became the first state to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The measure was approved by 70 percent of the vote.

“I just don’t think we should treat folks differently in this zone anymore,” Nixon said. “I think if folks want to get married, they should be able to get married.”

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  1. Makes sense since Illinois passed it, and good for those leaving to Iowa and Illinois to get married. I have family in MO so this is good for me too.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:24pm
  2. Haha! It begins. Let’s not give us the right to marry but let’s take our money as if we are. Great idea Missouri!

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:24pm
  3. I think that may be illegal, then. If they don't recognize your marriage, you can't pay taxes as a married person.

    Replied on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:46pm
  4. (at least, it should be illegal)

    Replied on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:47pm
  5. Personally, I think it's a step in the direction of achieving equality. It's one way that they are accepting same-sex marriage as legitimate. We just have to push for them to start allowing marriages to happen within the state.

    Replied on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:31pm
  6. well, Missouri Tax code states that State filing must reflect federal tax filing

    Replied on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:26am
  7. Still a backwards state!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:25pm
  8. A step in the right direction, at least.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:26pm
  9. A step in the right direction.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:27pm
  10. At least this will reduce some of the misery states like OK are imposing on their same-sex married residents – who are being force to re-do their federal taxes to conform with OK single person filing.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:29pm
  11. How is this a step in the right direction? Do you not see what’s wrong with this? They can’t have their cake and eat it too.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:30pm
  12. I agree with Rodney it’s not a step in the right direction. It’s a lame way of not really excepting marriage equality but you’ll take our money.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:37pm
  13. Sylvia Vallotton

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:40pm
  14. thanks Jay!

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:41pm
  15. you have to start somewhere

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:41pm
  16. It’s progress. You’re talking about the South. For them to even get this far is a miracle.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:47pm
  17. Yep saw this. Sadly KS is not doing this. This will still make things easier on us and some of our clients this tax season.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:50pm
  18. That must justify a court action for state to approve gay marriage..it is an equal right for all

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:51pm
  19. They could fix all this by just having marriage equality in all the states. It’s coming one way or the other.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:51pm
  20. Great idea! Come on KS…..

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:03pm
  21. In the future, NEAR future, this will not be a states right issue.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:03pm
  22. Antonio Dean! :)

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:03pm
  23. nice

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:10pm
  24. Could be more beneficial just to, idk, legalize it here

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:11pm
  25. Having to sign a legal document that you are ‘single’ when you are in fact married…should be legal grounds that is requiring a person to bare false witness…come on federal gov’t, go after these states.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:13pm
  26. …and too cheap and broketo alter the current set up

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:19pm
  27. After reading it, took my comment off…This is all about money, and has nothing to do with equality. I agree with Rodney on this. Take our money, but still won’t recognize same sex marriage.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:39pm
  28. gaymazing!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:41pm
  29. surprising decision

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:05pm
  30. so does that mean you can get married in MO if you are same sexed?

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:17pm
  31. I'd use this fact as evidence that you CAN have same sex marriages in MO. Start getting those marriage licenses folks. If they can take our money they can respect our rights.

    Replied on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:18pm
  32. Its the first crack in the dam. Good for you Mo.

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:32pm
  33. not until u get legally married…don’ t do it

    Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:05am
  34. comes with it. good. gotta begin somewhere…

    Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:36am
  35. Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:54am
  36. Mo ? Incredible!!

    Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:56am