Written by: Professor Patricia Cain
Years ago I blogged about the tax treatment of alimony payments ordered by the courts in the case of a divorce or dissolution of a same-sex relationship. I thought I had also blogged about the probable tax treatment of property divisions. But since I keep getting questions about the property division question, I’m guessing I didn’t say as much as I should have. So here is my ...Posted: Tue May 14 16:46:00 PDT 2013
The case, Windsor v. United States, will be handed down by the Supreme Court sometime in the next 6 weeks. At that time we will know whether or not DOMA remains good law. Discussions about the Windsor case and its likely aftermath occur frequently and often. There were numerous discussions of the case at the recent ABA Tax Meeting in D.C. On Friday, May 10, at the May meeting, I partic...Posted: Wed Apr 10 21:17:00 PDT 2013
There is much speculation after the oral arguments in Windsor v United States that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) may fall by the end of June (the likely time that the United States Supreme Court will issue its opinion in the case). If DOMA falls in June there are some things to think about now regarding you income taxes.First, if you are a same-sex married couple who will pay a lower tax ...Posted: Fri Dec 07 12:54:00 PST 2012
The Supreme Court of the United States has granted cert petitions in two same-sex marriage cases, Perry v. Hollingsworth (previously Perry v. Brown) and Windsor v. United States. Perry is the case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and Windsor is one of the cases challenging the constitutionality of DoMA. In both cases, the Court appears to have granted the petitions on ...Posted: Wed Nov 07 08:54:00 PST 2012
Marriage equality issues were on the ballot in four states Tuesday night. Looks like a same-sex marriage sweep (although it is still too close to call for certain in the state of Washington). Maine voters were asked to act as a super legislature on Tuesday night and to vote for marriage equality. Some years ago they were asked to act as a super legislature and repel the marriage equalit...Posted: Mon Oct 29 17:13:00 PDT 2012
SCOTUSBLOG has announced that all same-sex marriage cases currently before the Supreme Court will be considered at the Court’s conference scheduled for November 20. This includes the Arizona benefits case. 13.0pt;margin-left:0in;line-height:19.0pt;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none">Here’s the original text from Scotusblog: 13.0pt;margin-...Posted: Sun Oct 21 20:54:00 PDT 2012
As you probably all know by now, the Second Circuit has joined the First Circuit in ruling that DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) is unconstitutional. The Second Circuit case is Windsor v. United States and it challenges DOMA as applied to the marital deduction for estate tax purposes. In my view, there is no rational reason why opposite sex surviving spouses should be allowed to continue the...Posted: Tue Jul 31 17:01:00 PDT 2012
Here we go again. Another federal court has once again ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional. This is another case brought by GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders). It involves a number of different plaintiffs, all married in either Connecticut, New Hampshire, or Vermont. As with GLAD’s other DOMA challenge (the Gill case recently decided by the First Circuit), this case includes a...Posted: Tue Jul 17 16:38:00 PDT 2012
All of us, when we turn age 65, are supposed sign up for Medicare. But for employees covered by employer health plans, the only requirement is to sign up for Part A (Hospital Insurance). No need to sign up for Part B (Medical Insurance) because that is being provided by the employer plan. When the employee retires, Medicare provides a special enrollment period during which the employee can sign...Posted: Wed Jun 06 16:20:00 PDT 2012
Another Victory in a DOMA case Today the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York handed down its decision in the Windsor case. In alignment with every other court ruling on this issue in the past 12 months, the court ruled DOMA unconstitutional. I blogged about the Windsor case here. Edie Windsor is suing the United States in her role as executor ...
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