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Major Tax Changes for Same-Sex Married Couples

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Dozens of supporters celebrated LGBT History Month with a Pride celebration in Springfield Saturday afternoon.
I know I'm married, but then when it comes to that box. I have to check 'single'.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Dozens of supporters celebrated LGBT History Month with a Pride celebration in Springfield Saturday afternoon.

The same-sex marriage movement celebrated a major milestone this year.

The Supreme Court struck down Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional.

That means changes are coming for tax season.

Kate and Ashley Quinn got married in Massachusetts three years ago.

"We share expenses, live in the same home, we're married," Kate Quinn said.

But they currently live in Missouri, where their marriage is not recognized.

"It just feels like lying and feels like it's not right," Ashley Quinn said.

And until this year, they've had to file taxes as though they are single.

"I'm married, I know I'm married, but then when it comes to that box I have to check single," Ashley said.

But this year the IRS decided same-sex couples married in a state that recognizes the union, may file federal taxes as a married couple for 2013.

However, the decision isn't black and white.

"But your state taxes you still have to file separately," PROMO Deputy Director Stephanie Perkins said, "We don't really know how to appropriately file federal joint taxes with separate state taxes."

She said, to complicate matters in Missouri, it's legal to fire a person for their sexual orientation.

So even revealing marital status to an employer for tax purposes could put their job in jeopardy.

"I don't just automatically feel safer in my relationship. At this point we are still in a really insecure place," Kate said.

But both women said that the risks and confusion are worth the step forward.

"It's one less place where I have to pretend or lie. If one more person is recognizing it that wasn't before then that's a win," Ashley said.

It's recommended for any same-sex couples in this situation to see a tax expert when filing for 2013.

Currently, gay marriage is only legal in 14 states.
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