Statement of Comptroller Peter Franchot Regarding Same-Sex Couples and Tax Filing

Annapolis, MD (December 19, 2012)

Comptroller Peter Franchot today released the following statement regarding same-sex couples and tax filing in Maryland:

“Yesterday’s Washington Times article contained significant misinformation regarding the tax filing status of same-sex couples in Maryland. Contrary to the tone and the facts contained in the story, same-sex couples in the State of Maryland – whether married in this state or in other states – will have the opportunity to file joint tax returns for Tax Year 2013, and will receive the same state tax treatment as any married couple. This will occur either as a result of a legislative action, or if necessary, a regulatory change, either of which is necessary because Maryland’s tax code is conjoined to the IRS unless specifically decoupled. My senior staff and I will work with legislative leaders over the next few weeks to determine the most appropriate course of action.

I proudly testified in strong support of the Civil Marriage Protection Act and remain a steadfast supporter of marriage equality. Honoring Maryland’s hard-earned reputation for fairness and equality, this change will afford same-sex couples with the rights and protections commensurate with their obligations as taxpayers.”

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