Elizabeth Warren offers repairs to gay couples with a plan that would allow them to claim marital status on taxes that precede the Supreme Court decision and receive refunds from IRS
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has re-introduced legislation that allows gay couples to change previous tax returns
- Same-sex couples were unable to file joint tax returns until 2013, when the Defense of Marriage Act was repealed
- When the Supreme Court made the decision, it said that gay couples could adjust the return to three years ago
- But some couples were married much longer than in a state where same-sex marriage was legalized at the local level before it took place at the federal level
- The Mixed Committee on Taxation predicts that the IRS will owe $ 57 million in reparations to homosexual couples as soon as they can jointly reformulate tax returns
Elizabeth Warren again submitted a bill on Thursday that would give financial reparations to same-sex couples for years of same-sex marriage that was not legal at federal level.
The Massachusetts Democratic Senator said the Restitution Equality Act would invoke old discrimination by allowing same-sex couples to change past declarations and receive refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.
"The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to enroll as individuals and pay more for taxes for almost a decade," Warren said in a statement last week. "We need to call that discrimination and to make up – Congress should immediately pass the Restitution Equality Act."
She also introduced a version of the invoice in 2017.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has re-introduced legislation that allowed gay couples to change previous tax returns that they were unable to submit jointly in the past
Gay couples in about 10 states, including the Democratic Candidate's home state of Massachusetts in 2020, were only allowed to file joint tax returns after the Marriage Law was repealed by the Supreme Court in 2013
The Mixed Committee on Taxation published a report on Tuesday indicating that taxpayers who were legally able to marry in their country before the Supreme Court repealed the Marriage Law in 2013 could qualify for $ 57 million in repayments by the IRS.
The United States v. Windsor decision allowed same-sex couples to file joint tax returns – something that gay couples could not do in about 10 states where same-sex marriage was legal before it was at federal level.
Two years after the Supreme Court ruling, another case, Obergefell v Hodges, made the same sex at the federal level.
The IRS allows married couples to amend tax returns up to three years prior, and said at the time of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that homosexual couples could do the same.
Warren introduced a version of the bill in 2017. She and other Democratic candidates from 2020 took part in Gay Pride events this month
It is estimated that the IRS should spend $ 57 million on repairs to homosexual couples if they can change tax returns since they were legally married in their respective states
Warren, a Democratic candidate for president of 2020, said that three years is not enough because there were same-sex couples in these states, including her home state of Massachusetts, who had been married for more than three years before being federally legalized.
Gay marriage was legalized in Massachusetts in 2004.
There are 24 Democrats active in the presidential primary race of the party and may have participated in events for the Pride month, which takes place in June and is made to celebrate progress within the LGBTQ community.
One of her competitors, South Bend, mayor of Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, is openly gay and has been married to his husband, Chasten since June 2018.
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