Local Experts To Explain How Tax Season Affects LGBTQ Virginians Saturday at GCCR
It’s tax season again, and with the ever-changing status of LGBTQ folks in the eyes of the federal government, there are some issue that are not easy to navigate. But fear not, three local experts with a special understanding for sexual minorities are here to help.
Bary Hausrath, whose practice focuses on estate planning and other legal issues for same-sex couples; Marc Purintun , a tax attorney with Hunton and Williams and Katie Fletcher, of Katie D. Fletcher, LTD. will be at the Gay Community Center of Richmond this Saturday, March 22, at 10AM and they’ll be giving presentations as well as taking your questions.
” This promises to be a very worthwhile program and one that we are pleased to host,” said Bill Harrison, ED at the GCCR. “We are in the midst of tax season and married couples need to know how the regulations have changed.”
This isn’t the first time an event has been held to help breakdown the complex tax issues facing RVA’s LGBTQ community, but Purintun explained this years event will be choked full of info people we need to navigate the rapidly evolving tax code.
“This is the first tax year for which Virginia has formal guidance about how married same-sex couples are supposed to file their taxes (hint: it is a burdensome process),” said Purintun. “The panelists’ experiences in preparing state and federal returns for married same-sex couples will help audience members save time and avoid confusion when they go to prepare their own returns.”
The specifics of the code in a post-DOMA world are complicated – where state and fed agree and disagree are hard to identify, but Purintun said Saturday’s event will use specific examples to help guide folks. “For example,” said Purintun. “The cost of health insurance provided by an employer to the employee, the employee’s spouse, including same-sex spouses, and their dependent children is not taxable for purposes of federal income and FICA taxes. However, if the benefit is provided to a non-spouse domestic partner or his or her children, the value of the benefit may be taxable, unless a limited exception applies, for both income and FICA tax purposes.”
The event is free and open to the public, but a canned food donation is suggested. All donated items will go to the Fan Free Clinic (Check here for suggested donations) Purintun said it couldn’t hurt to bring a pay stub and a copy of your W-2 to the event as well to help follow along.
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