According to a new analysis by CNNMoney, same-sex spouses are paying on average, $6,000 more per year in federal taxes than their heterosexual counterparts – all because the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages.
Currently, same-sex couples cannot file a joint tax return – and the federal government is restricted by the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Take a look at some of the number crunching:
One scenario involved families with one spouse earning $100,000 and the other spouse staying at home with the family’s two kids.
In the same-sex family’s case, the working spouse files as “head of household,” and the stay-at-home spouse is considered a “qualifying relative.”
Say that couple reported no other income or deductions. In that case, the same-sex household’s federal tax bill is $15,199, which includes tax the head of household must pay on health insurance premiums to cover the stay-at-home spouse. That’s $4,543 higher than the straight couple’s liability.