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Pa. Warns Same-Sex Married Couples To File Taxes Separately

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(The Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue web site warns that joint returns may be filed only by a "husband and wife."  Graphic by Ed Fischer)

(The Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue web site warns that joint returns may be filed only by a “husband and wife.” Graphic by Ed Fischer)

(Photo by Ed Fischer) Lynne Adkins
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By Lynne Adkins

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Same-sex couples legally married in another state may face extra time filling out their tax forms in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, so if a couple was legally married in another state, the partners can not file a joint state tax return here.

“Typically, if folks file jointly or separately, they most times would not have any difference in the tax liability in Pennsylvania,” notes Rosalind Sutch, a CPA with the firm of Drucker & Scaccetti, in Philadelphia, “so the requirement that Pennsylvania has recently noted on its web site that folks of the same sex and legally married in another state have to file separate returns is merely a procedural exercise.”

Legally married same-sex couples are permitted to file a joint federal tax return even if they live in a state that doesn’t recognize that union.

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