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IRS to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Starting in September

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WASHINGTON —Legally married same-sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes, the Obama administration announced Thursday.

The Treasury Department released a statement saying “the ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.”

A total of 13 states, including California, and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage.

The policy change would not apply to same-sex couples in domestic partnerships or civil unions recognized in other states.

The new policy followed a Supreme Court decision in June, which struck down part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the new rules would provide “clear, coherent tax-filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide.”

The change was set to take effect on September 16.

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