Refunds would be much higher if couples could file jointly
Kris Hobbs-Thompson describes her marriage to wife Heather as “fake” because the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage, but the tax implications of their status are very real.
More than 131,000 same-sex married couples nationwide, including a few thousand in Iowa, have been reminded of that with Tuesday’s deadline to file federal income tax returns.
They must file individual returns with the federal government and mark themselves as single even as those who live in the six states, including Iowa, and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal can file joint state returns.
Those couples say it makes the often unpleasant task of doing their taxes more time-consuming and expensive, can cost them money and is insulting.