Utah announces legally married same-sex couples can file state taxes jointly

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Utah’s State Tax Commission announced on January 16 that same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah or another state are permitted to file jointly on their income tax returns, as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Before Judge Robert J. Shelby lifted the ban on same-sex marriage, the Utah Tax Commission had prohibited same-sex couples who had legally married elsewhere from filing state tax returns jointly. Since the ban was lifted, the Commission has agreed to allow married same-sex couples to file taxes together.

“Judge Shelby’s ruling played a big role in this,” said tax policy commission spokesperson Charlie Roberts.

“These couples have willingly assumed the mutual responsibilities and obligations of marriage, and they deserve the same certainty, stability and protection as other married couples. We look forward to the day when the state of Utah treats same-sex couples and their families equally in all respects,” attorney Peggy Tomsic said in a statement.

Though seemingly contradictory to other recent announcements, such as Utah’s same-sex marriages being in legal limbo until further notice, this change in policy is in accordance with the IRS’s August announcement, which stated that they would allow legally married same-sex couples to file jointly, regardless of their state of residence.

Although Utah is allowing married same-sex couples to file together, the governor’s office announced that Utah will not recognize the marital status of same-sex couples who were married in the state after the ban was lifted and before the Supreme Court announced the stay on January 6.

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