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Okla. rejects amended tax returns from legally married, same-sex couples

Monday, November 11, 2013

TULSA, Okla. — A small number of Oklahoma same-sex couples have received returned payments from the state Tax Commission, which turned down their recently amended filings that claimed married status.

OklahomaThe Tulsa World reports that the couples submitted the tax forms after the Internal Revenue Service in August announced its married filing status would apply equally to married same-sex couples, regardless of where they lived. It is accepting amended filings for the past few years.

So some gay couples who had wed outside of Oklahoma, where same-sex marriage is not allowed, filed jointly on the federal and state forms.

A state law requires Oklahoma residents to use the same filing status on state tax forms as they do on federal tax forms. But that contradicts the 2004 statewide vote that amended the Oklahoma Constitution to ban the recognition of same-sex marriages.

On Sept. 27, the Oklahoma Tax Commission announced it will require married gay couples to file state taxes as single people, forcing them to compute their federal taxes twice. It stated the 2004 constitutional language supersedes the state law mandating the same filing status.

Fewer than 10 couples who filed amended state forms during that nearly two-month period are having their payments returned. The exact number is not being released because that would de facto identify the filers, said commission spokeswoman Paula Ross.

“It is a very, very low number,” Ross said. “The reason could be it is not tax season. Had it been during filing season, the number would probably have been higher.”

Federal agencies have begun changing their policies to be in compliance with the June U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act.

In addition to the IRS, the immigration service is recognizing same-sex marriages for sponsorship benefits, as is the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration.

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39 more reader comments:

  1. BS

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:17pm
  2. Can we just bomb Oklahoma and make a nice lake?

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:18pm
  3. the bigots will fall

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:18pm
  4. Sounds like a federal discrimination case! LOL

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:18pm
  5. Wow!
    So the couples tried to pay what they felt was owed and their check was returned to them?? Sounds like the couples did what they could, and the Oklahoma Government told them in no uncertain terms they didn’t owe anything!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:26pm
  6. Well, then, darlings, you get NO payment at all. Sue.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:28pm
  7. Boycott bigoted states to the extent that you can.
    Money as always speaks louder than words.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:29pm
  8. Danni Dark, they’ve been bombed alreadř

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:30pm
  9. Sounds like someone is getting off on having the power to make life difficult for people they don’t like or approve of. Creeps. (the administrators, probably not the line workers)

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:31pm
  10. Idiot state.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:35pm
  11. I am so ashamed to call this state my home. Guess my soon to be wife and I will be dealing with this come next year.. what fun! :/

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:35pm
  12. That would be our wonderful (NOT!) Governor, Mary Fallin. Oklahoma is not just in the bible belt, it is the buckle of the belt. Discrimination runs rampant in this state.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:39pm
  13. Ah, Oklahoma, the state that gave us prairie rash. Doomed to be the armpit of America. They will fall. And it can’t happen soon enough.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:43pm
  14. It’s getting so people don’t know whether to scratch their watches or wind their butts.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:47pm
  15. Most states will have their marriage bans overturned from stuff like this.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:51pm
  16. Now on THIS issue, I think that the haters have a semi-valid point on. Not that I think they SHOULD have a valid point, but that they do have one…

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:55pm
  17. Okay then, I guess this means since they admit to discrimination this couple owes absolutely no state taxes at all. Right?

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:02pm
  18. Talk about getting rear ended lol

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:14pm
  19. :c

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:20pm
  20. And rejected on WHAT basis? Religious bias? Thats grounds for lawsuit. If you’re going to deny a human being federal benefits because you don’t like their “lifestyle”, you need to be removed from your position. Thats not how America works.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:47pm
  21. Boo!

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:53pm
  22. I’m not surprised. Not even wondering why. It’s OK… self-explanatory. *sigh* just sad they are so ass-backwards in their thinking…

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 12:10am
  23. What the FUCK????? Take my taxes eagerly for your illegal wars but no equality for it? I say. we need another no work , no tax WEEK!!! That would piss off all those closeted queer lying backstabbing Republicans.And to all of you little faggy interns giving these queer Republicans sex in the bathrooms, KNOCK IT OFF!!! It will get you no where in your carriers. Just heartache [poor little fags ] and NO PROMOTIONS because those queer Republican closet cases will ALWAYS back up their fake marriages to promote their agendas. WISE UP!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 12:38am
  24. Indian Territory did what? How are they!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:02am
  25. Actually, a couple of tribes here in Oklahoma have already recognized same-sex marriages. The state itself, however, will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into equality.

    Replied on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 4:00am
  26. I know, my point is the disgusting fact that we gave that entire area to the natives, then we forced many of them their, then we took it over and had the oklahoma land rush...and now they wont even let me, a white American born male, marry the hell I want? Its such bullshit!

    Replied on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:21am
  27. Time to move and remove the revenue

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:38am
  28. let them take it to the SCOTUS. in the mean time they need to process these tax returns.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:40am
  29. Guess they don’t have to pay taxes then right!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 2:10am
  30. Okay, so add Oklahoma to the list of states that should be allowed to secede. Texas is at the top of the list and Oklahoma is directly to their north. Buh-bye.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 2:14am
  31. Wow really?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 2:20am
  32. One of the worst offender states of gay rights, as well as those of other minority groups. Fail for them.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 2:48am
  33. stop it homophobies!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 3:42am
  34. Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:21am
  35. Idiots.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:25am
  36. Oklahoma is not OK

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:59am
  37. They have already filed properly. Don’t file again and let the state take you to court where they will ultimately lose.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 12:38pm
  38. Damn redneck hics.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:09pm
  39. can’t all of these goverments in our 50 states understand what is going on? Hellooooooooooo it is a new life style, not the olf fashion way, wake up”

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:52pm