Tax time is here and, I dread it. The forms and deductions are a nightmare, but it’s even more difficult because my spouse and I are gay.
Since Iowa recognizes our marriage, we file as married on our state return. Because of a federal law that excludes gay and lesbian couples from federal marriage recognition called the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the federal government doesn’t recognize our marriage, and we must file single individual tax returns. In the eyes of the federal government, we are strangers to one another.