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Gay marriage not accepted on La. tax form

3 years 9 months 1 week ago September 13, 2013 Sep 13, 2013 Friday, September 13 2013 September 13, 2013 3:30 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's revenue department won't recognize same-sex marriages for tax filing purposes.

That decision comes despite a new IRS rule that allows legally married gay couples to file joint federal tax returns even if they live in states that don't recognize the marriages.

In a document outlining the state's position and obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says Louisiana can't recognize a same-sex marriage tax filing because of its constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Barfield writes that a gay couple filing as married on a federal return must file a separate Louisiana return as single or head of household.

He suggests the state constitution trumps a state law that requires taxpayers to use the same status on state tax returns that they use on federal returns.

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