Utah To Allow Married Gay Couples To File Joint State Tax Returns
Utah's tax commission has announced that it will allow married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns, a move that appears to be a result of the ruling by federal district judge Richard Shelby that allowed same-sex couples to marry in the state.
Legal same-sex marriages in the state have currently been halted pending an appeal by Utah's state government.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune:
"Judge Shelby’s ruling played a big role in this" change of tax policy, commission spokesman Charlie Roberts said.
But the new tax policy goes beyond the same-sex couples married in Utah during the 17-day window between court rulings. The state also will allow joint filing by gay and lesbian couples legally married outside the state while residing in Utah.
The move is somewhat puzzling considering the state government has previously claimed that it won't currently recognize same-sex couples that married in the brief window during which legalized same-sex marriage came into effect in Utah in late December. The Obama administration has said that it will recognize Utah's same-sex marriages at the federal level.