Same-Sex Couples Cannot File Joint Ta...

Same-Sex Couples Cannot File Joint Tax Returns In Louisiana

There are 7 comments on the lezgetreal.com story from Sep 13, 2013, titled Same-Sex Couples Cannot File Joint Tax Returns In Louisiana. In it, lezgetreal.com reports that:

Louisiana law requires that married couples file their taxes exactly the same as they do with the Feds. The state banned same-sex marriage in 2004.

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Since: Nov 09

Columbus OH

#5 Sep 13, 2013
I think Ohio may be the same as Louisiana. The Ohio Income Tax form cannot be filled out until the Federal form is. The taxes start with the Federal Adjusted Gross Income. There was also a constitutional amendment passed in 2004.

Of course I hope I am wrong.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#6 Sep 13, 2013
nealcmh wrote:
I think Ohio may be the same as Louisiana. The Ohio Income Tax form cannot be filled out until the Federal form is. The taxes start with the Federal Adjusted Gross Income. There was also a constitutional amendment passed in 2004.
Of course I hope I am wrong.
In California it's the opposite. You get Federal deductions for State Tax.

“Church | | State”

Since: Jun 07

Toby's Landing

#7 Sep 13, 2013
Good... It's stuff like this that will end up with the SCOTUS declaring those state amendments unconstitutional. It's just a matter of time. The haters are standing their ground but they may as well be rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

So long Bobby Jenital!

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#8 Sep 14, 2013
If the Federal income is used for the state form, then the state can't simply say that a gay married couple can't file jointly - they would need to re-do their own forms and calculations.

Are they trying to say that gay couples must change the forms on their own?

Should be interesting. Sounds like some new lawsuits might pop up.
Loophole Mania

Alpharetta, GA

#9 Sep 14, 2013
Well; Duh!
.
If Louisiana's butchered-up 'constitution' trumps state tax law; then the state tax law is unconstitutional
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So its official!
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NO state taxes this year in Louisiana; folks

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#13 Sep 14, 2013
Lazlow wrote:
Good... It's stuff like this that will end up with the SCOTUS declaring those state amendments unconstitutional. It's just a matter of time. The haters are standing their ground but they may as well be rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
So long Bobby Jenital!
Agreed. This is the exact legal chaos which was expected once DOMA was overturned, and will only hasten a national standard for marriage.

Every married couple needs to file their state taxes as married and force the state to reject them; I know we will be in Michigan.

“LGBT Americans, We're ”

Since: Jun 09

Everywhere you are!

#16 Sep 14, 2013
Federal law doesn't require the same marital status be used for Fed & State returns; in this case LA state law requires it. Barfield is correct, the state constitution will trump a state law. So the current filing status law will be ignored if it's still on the books next year.

It will be interesting to see if Jindal calls a special session of the legislature to repeal the tax law before the forms are sent out at the end of December. Now, at the same time they could also repeal Louisiana's (SCOTUS declared & clearly unconstitutional) sodomy law. The odds of them doing that too? About 1 in 100.

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