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Tax Day is Here

Post submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Staff

Today’s the big day! You have until midnight to file your tax returns. As if that isn’t stressful enough, we are reminded during tax season that LGBT people are treated as second-class citizens. For the past week, we’ve been sharing facts about the unfair tax burden our community faces. The number one reason for the tax inequities is the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Repealing DOMA and making marriage equality a reality in all 50 states would lift the discriminatory tax burden. It’s important we tell that to the anti-equality leadership in Congress as they continue to defend DOMA. To help spread the word, today we are running a full-page ad in Politico on the cost of discrimination.

As part of our countdown to tax day campaign, 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.

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, LGBT families pay $1,100 more on average in taxes a year for health care coverage, and COBRA health benefits are not available to LGBT Americans if a spouse is laid off, forcing them to pay for coverage elsewhere.

Today’s fact of the day: Same-sex spouses may pay more on federal income taxes than straight spouses. #gaytax #writerep #taxday #repealdoma


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 final 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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