California seeks IRS tax equity for same-sex spouses

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature has passed a resolution asking that same-sex spouses and domestic partners be taxed the same as heterosexual married couples.

The resolution, AJR29, asks the Internal Revenue Service to issue a ruling requiring individuals in a same-sex marriage or domestic partnership to each report half of their community income on federal tax returns.

Currently, California law requires same-sex couples and domestic partners to do so, but the IRS does not.

The Senate-endorsed resolution passed the Assembly on a 52-9 vote Monday.

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Feuer says his resolution supports equality. Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore says it supports state sovereignty and allows states to set rules on family law.

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