Couples in same-sex marriages have been able to file federal taxes as married since 2013, but questions still arise.
Here’s a recent question from a reader: if I’m in a same-sex marriage, can I claim my spouse as a dependent?
The answer to this question is: no.
If you’re married, you file as married. Your spouse is never shown as being a dependent.
Let’s say your spouse has no income and otherwise qualifies as a dependent (except that you’re married). Under those circumstances, you’d almost certainly file a joint tax return. Your spouse wouldn’t be your “dependent,” but you’d get a personal exemption for your spouse, which is basically the same result as claiming a dependent.
I’ve written extensively about the tax issues of same-sex marriage. You can find the archive, dating back a good 5 years, by clicking here.