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Idaho House panel delays debate of tax rules for married same-sex couples

Monday, January 13, 2014

BOISE, Idaho — A House panel delayed discussion of new rules forbidding same-sex couples legally married elsewhere from filing joint Idaho income tax returns.

IdahoHouse Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Gary Collins said numerous people wanted to testify, so he put it off until Tuesday.

According to temporary State Tax Commission rules, same-sex Idaho couples legally married elsewhere must recalculate federal taxes as singles before filing state taxes.

This change – and the potential it will require gay married couples to do more paperwork and pay more than opposite-sex couples – is one foundation of a constitutional challenge filed in federal court last year seeking to topple Idaho’s 2006 gay-marriage ban.

Monica Hopkins, ACLU of Idaho director, estimates hundreds of Idaho couples married in 14 states that allow gay unions will be affected.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. what rules would be different? Married is married is married. either you allow them to file as married or not and get a lawsuit for discrimination and lots of dollars for mental anguish as fines.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:18pm
  2. some one always has to make a big deal about taxes give it up if there married they deserve the same straight people they still work in the same jobs and put there clowths on the same as everyone else.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:19pm
  3. I thought states had to recognize marriages performed in other states (part of the agreement when you join the union). If not for same sex couples legally married then not for hetero couples married in other states!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:26pm
  4. Your argument will be the last argument at the SCOTUS when the final decision for marriage equality becomes the law of the land. The XIV Amendment will give us part of our equality.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:32pm
  5. go sotomayer

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:55pm
  6. Glad the panel delayed this bill. I think gays and lesbians who want to get married should be subject to the same laws and penalties as straight couples. And if they don’t get the same privileges, they should withhold state taxes in states that don’t recognize gay marriage.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:27pm
  7. Oh come on…

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:48pm
  8. OH, JUST LET THEM GET MARRIED ALREADY.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:55pm
  9. Yeah till they can get a closed session to hide.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:55pm
  10. Come on idaho, equality for all, Free to love….

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:57pm
  11. Freaking unfair!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:05pm
  12. Let’s face it, applying different tules of marriage state-to-state leads inevitably to chaos, confusion, and unfair treatment.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:08pm