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