Same-Sex Marriage Issues Mandated By The IRS: An Informative Blog From Author/CEO-Charles Read of PayrollOnABudget

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The IRS and same-sex marriage, consequences intended and unintended for payroll and HR departments based on regulation changes at the Federal level.

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The IRS announced on August 29, 2013 that due to Supreme Court rulings that the IRS will now recognize, for Federal Tax purposes, all legal same-sex marriages. This will affect management, at all levels, HR departments and payroll services in paperwork and setting guidelines to move forward in business practices.

Even if a state does not recognize same-sex marriage the ruling applies to all states. If the couple got married where it is legal to do so, then for Federal tax purposes they are married, regardless of where they live. Every company needs to be cognizant no matter where they are located.

The ruling applies only to marriages; not to include other unions such as registered domestic partnerships, civil unions or other formal unions that may be recognized by some state statutes.

If a company offers benefits to married opposite-sex couples, will they be required to offer the same benefits to married same-sex couples?

An example: Qualified Retirement Plans: A qualified retirement plan must treat same-sex and opposite-sex married couples the same way. The deduction limits and contribution limits to IRA’s and Roth’s are now those for married couples not for two individuals.

Basically, anything under a Cafeteria plan is going to have to be looked at the same way for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

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