A guide to your taxes, for same-sex couples

rainbowmoney BY ALDEN WICKER
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It’s been a banner year for marriage equality but there’s still a shadow hanging over the celebrations: If you’re gay and married, that means when you pay taxes, the federal government still considers you single. When it comes to Social Security survivor benefits and insurance benefits from your federally employed partner, you’re also still single.

This makes your taxes complicated, and might require you to hire an accountant and/or pay more in fees for them to wade through the situation. According to an analysis by H&R Block, same-sex couples pay as much as $6,000 more in taxes than heterosexual couples.

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