Same-Sex Couples Can File 2012 Tax Returns as Single Before September 16

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, the U.S. Treasury and the IRS announced that legally married same-sex couples married in states that recognize same sex marriage will now be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

Under the new law, on or after Monday, September 16, legally married same-sex couples must now file their taxes as married filing separate or married filing jointly so if you haven’t filed your 2012 tax return yet, you still have a choice to file as married or single before September 16.

Not sure if you will benefit from filing your 2012 taxes as married or single?  You can check and see which option will save you more money using TurboTax TaxCaster 2012.

As with all tax laws TurboTax is up to date with the latest tax law changes.  Check back with the blog for more tax law updates.


Lisa Lewis is a CPA and the TurboTax Blog Editor. Lisa has 15 years of experience in tax preparation. Her success is attributed to being able to interpret tax laws and help clients better understand them. Lisa also has been a TurboTax product user for many years and understands how the software program works. In addition to extensive tax experience, Lisa also has a very well-rounded professional background. She has held positions as a public auditor, controller, and operations manager. Prior to becoming the TurboTax Blog Editor, she was a Technical Writer for the TurboTax Consumer Group and worked on a project to write new FAQs to help customers better understand tax laws. She could also be seen helping TurboTax customers with tax questions during Lifeline. For Lisa, getting timely and accurate information out to customers to help them is paramount.

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