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Married same-sex couples in Utah can jointly file state tax returns

Thursday, January 16, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state officials say newly married gay and lesbian couples can jointly file their taxes for 2013.

taxesTax commission spokesman Charlie Roberts said the ruling announced Thursday also pertains to same-sex couples legally married in other states.

The announcement comes a week after the federal government said it would honor Utah’s gay marriages, allowing couples to file federal taxes jointly.

It’s estimated that more than 1,000 same-sex couples got married after a federal judge struck down the state’s gay marriage ban Dec. 20.

The U.S. Supreme Court put a halt on the marriages Jan. 6. The case is before a federal appeals court.

Utah previously said it wouldn’t recognize the weddings but would allow couples to continue to receive benefits they obtained before the high court ruling.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Not state jointly though right only federal?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:01pm
  2. sounds like a mockery of LGBTQ couples!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:22pm
  3. The right thing would be to drop their case completely but at least this a positive nod to those that had the opportunity to get married.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:49pm
  4. It sead state tax .

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:50pm
  5. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:01pm
  6. of course they can! HAHA HATERSSSS!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:09pm
  7. Happy marriage, Utah, and may god bless!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:11pm
  8. Mellie Eats Zombies xD made me think of you and Oakley haha c:

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:45pm
  9. The more I hear about UT, the more the average person there seems intelligent and kind. I think the few weirdos we are dealing with will eventually be put in the corner for ten minutes where they belong.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:05pm