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Tax Day Countdown: More Facts On the Unfair Tax Burden for LGBT Taxpayers

Post submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Staff

We’re another day closer to tax day. If you haven’t filed your tax returns yet, it’s time to get on it.  As you get the forms ready, we’ll shed a little more light on the unfair tax burden LGBT taxpayers face. All week we’ve said the lack of marriage equality is the reason for the tax disparity.  It is clear that repealing DOMA and making marriage equality a reality in all 50 states is the solution.  The anti-equality leadership in Congress needs to hear from us. 

To personalize our tax struggles, every day leading up to tax day we will also release a fact of the day on unfair taxation. We encourage you to use Facebook and Twitter to spread the message. Wednesday we told you an average retired same-sex couple will be denied more than $8,000 a year in Social Security survivor benefits upon the death of the higher-earning spouse after retirement. Yesterday we told you same-sex partners and spouses of Armed Forces members are denied military benefits that straight couples receive.

Today’s fact of the day: LGBT families pay $1,100 more on average in taxes a year for health care coverage. #gaytax #lgbt #healthcare #repealdoma

To raise awareness of the inequities same-sex couples face on tax day, HRC this week released an issue brief on Federal Taxation, illustrating how same-sex couples are denied equal treatment under the tax law, are forced to spend more time and money filing their taxes, and face inconsistent interpretation and enforcement of IRS guidance and practice related to adoption. 

Help shine light on the need for marriage equality and repeal of the Discriminatory DOMA law by tweeting the Fact of the Day now. Don’t miss our Lunchtime Twitter Power Hour between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. EST, when we will call on supporters to tweet their personal stories of tax inequality at House Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (@EricCantor)


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