Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) December 30, 2013
This is the time of year when, Chris Robinson, a popular wedding officiant in Los Angeles, gets many inquiries for last minute wedding ceremonies before the clock ticks in the New Year. This time last year he was the wedding officiant for Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris on New Year’s Eve, right before their annual party.
The reason for these late December weddings is clear: tax deductions, and Robinson, who happens to also be a tax attorney knows the benefits. "A couple who is married as late as December 31 can file their taxes jointly as a married couple for the whole tax year."
Robinson assures that there are many potential tax benefits to being married. "If one spouse lost money during the year his or her losses can offset the spouse's income so their joint taxable income and income tax liability will be reduced. Also, the unemployed spouse of a working spouse can have an IRA. Marriage also offers a number of ways for an affluent couple to protect their estate. The standard deduction and various other types of deductions can be claimed for a great amount when the taxpayers are married. And a married couple who sells their home can enjoy a $500,000 gain, free of taxes." Robinson, of course, has officiated many LGBT weddings this year as many gay and lesbian couples realize that being married has immense benefits.
Mr. Robinson, also known professionally as the Officiant Guy, keeps many L.A. County marriage licenses on hand to issue to couples who don’t want to wait in long lines at the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office and then find a wedding minister to marry them. His service makes it easy for someone to get married on a whim since he specializes in private wedding ceremonies and elopements. And because he’s an attorney, he’s a stickler for paperwork, making it a seamless process often taking only 15 minutes of a couple’s time. He is one of the few authorized notaries who has never been put on probation or suspension by the County Clerk due to excessive mistakes in preparing couples' marriage licenses and certificates. According to Mr. Robinson, "A simple clerical error on a marriage license can cause huge delays in the processing and recording of the marriage certificate so the couple may not receive their official Certified Copies until many weeks after they should. And it will typically cost them a fee to make the correction."
Equally, there are many couples that call Robinson this time of year to be married in the beginning of the new year. To those couples, starting the year off married to the one they love is often a great reason to get married in Los Angeles in a January wedding. Over the years Robinson has learned that "there is something fun about a spontaneous elopement or a surprise wedding during a family gathering or holiday season party. Everybody loves to be a part of a spontaneous event. Plus, Los Angeles is known for its wonderful weather, and so beach weddings are a common occurrence here."
So whether you want a last-minute wedding right before midnight on New Year’s Eve or a less hectic, love-affirming wedding in January, starting the New Year off right, you have options to make it an easy affair.
About Chris Robinson
Chris Robinson is Officiant Guy, a lawyer, a wedding officiant and a specialized notary public who is authorized to issue LA County marriage licenses. He has officiated thousands of wedding ceremonies throughout Southern California. He can be found at OfficiantGuy.com