IRS Releases FAQ for Same-Sex Married Couples

The IRS recently published an FAQ for couples in same-sex marriage. The FAQs cover much of the same ground as has been chronicled on this blog (click here to see the archives for my stories about same-sex marriage and taxes) and on Professor Pat Cain’s blog.

It’s refreshing to see the IRS publish this FAQ. The IRS does a lot of things wrong, but on the topic of same-sex marriage, the IRS has been surprisingly open-minded.

Now if only the Iowa Department of Revenue would publish a similar FAQ — or give us SOMETHING.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Iowa for 3 1/2 years, but in that time, IDR has only published a brief, 1 1/2-page memo in which the department opines that couples in same-sex marriages may have to perform “special calculations” when preparing their Iowa tax returns.

The only thing said in the yearly instructions to the Iowa Form 1040 about same-sex marriage is to refer people to this memo. Not once has IDR ever released anything about what those “special calculations” referenced in the memo are. It sure would be nice if they would.