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Major IRS Ruling on Estate Tax and Legal, Same-sex Marriages

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WASHINGTON — In response to the June 26th #SCOTUS decision invalidating a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, two weeks ago the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage.

Under the ruling, same sex couples will be treated as married for all federal tax purposes, including income tax, estate tax, gift tax, and generation-skipping transfer tax.

A complete copy of the ruling can be found at the IRS website, here:

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