Utah: Married same-sex couples can file taxes jointly

utah couplesBY JANE EISNER

Utah’s State Tax Commission announced on January 16 that same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah or another state are permitted to file jointly on their income tax returns, as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.  Before Judge Robert J. Shelby lifted the ban on same-sex marriage, the Utah Tax Commission had prohibited same-sex couples who had legally married elsewhere from filing state tax returns jointly. Since the ban was lifted, the Commission has agreed to allow married same-sex couples to file taxes together.

Although Utah is allowing married same-sex couples to file together, the governor’s office announced that Utah will not recognize the marital status of same-sex couples who were married in the state after the ban was lifted and before the Supreme Court announced the stay on January 6.

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