By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The ruling last week by the Treasury Department and the IRS to recognize same-sex couples for tax purposes also impacts the health care issue for those couples.
Carl Minster is with the law firm, Minster and Facciolo in Philadelphia. But he lives in Delaware with his husband, a retired Delaware state employee. They were married this year in Delaware. Up until now, he had to pay for health care coverage under his husband’s plan.
“We had to pay income tax on that as a benefit, now that we are considered married, a heterosexual couple always got that free and didn’t have to pay income tax on it. We had to pay a few thousand dollars on the health insurance on the income tax last year. Now we can amend our return and get a refund,” Minster said.
The ruling says refund claims can be filed for tax years 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Minster also urges same-sex couples to get advance health care directives and carry the documents with them if they leave the state where the marriage is recognized.