Franchot: Same-sex spouses will be able to file joint returns, contrary to reports

Maryland’s Comptroller Peter Franchot this morning released a statement, refuting a report in the Washington Time’s that same-sex couples won’t be able to file joint returns in Maryland. Voters here recently approved same-sex marriage in Maryland, which takes effect next year.

The story apparently was picked up by the Associated Press:

“ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland comptroller's office says same-sex married couples will not be permitted to file joint tax returns in the state.

Maryland would become the first state to legalize gay marriage without extending the privilege of joint tax returns to same-sex couples.”

Not true, not true, Franchot says.

His statement:  “Yesterday’s Washington Times article contained significant misinformation regarding the tax filing status of same-sex couples inMaryland. Contrary to the tone and the facts contained in the story, same-sex couples in the State ofMaryland – whether married in this state or in other states – will have the opportunity to file joint tax returns for Tax Year 2013, and will receive the same state tax treatment as any married couple.

"This will occur either as a result of a legislative action, or if necessary, a regulatory change, either of which is necessary becauseMaryland’s tax code is conjoined to the IRS unless specifically decoupled. My senior staff and I will work with legislative leaders over the next few weeks to determine the most appropriate course of action."

Franchot added that he has been a strong supporter of marriage equality.


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