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Tax Day is Tomorrow! More on the Unfair Tax Burden for LGBT Americans

Tomorrow’s the big day.  I hope you’ve filed your tax returns by now, and if not, make sure they’re post marked by midnight tomorrow (or e-filed, of course). With only one day to go, we thought we’d point out more facts about the unfair tax burden LGBT taxpayers face.  Again, it’s all about the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Repealing DOMA and making marriage equality a reality in all 50 states would lift the tax burden the LGBT community faces. Let’s make sure we tell that to the anti-equality leadership in Congress. To raise awareness of the inequities same-sex couples face on tax day, HRC 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. Tomorrow HRC will run a full-page ad in Politico on the cost of discrimination.

We’ve been releasing a fact of the day on unfair taxation. We encourage you to share these facts on Facebook and Twitter.  So far we’ve 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, same-sex partners and spouses of Armed Forces members are denied military benefits that straight couples receive, and LGBT families pay $1,100 more on average in taxes a year for health care coverage.

Today’s fact of the day: COBRA health benefits are not available to #LGBT Americans if a spouse is laid off, forcing them to pay for coverage elsewhere. #repealdoma #gaytax

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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