Same-sex couples are forced to pay an extra $6,000 a year in taxes because the federal government does not recognize gay marriage, according to an analysis conducted by CNNMoney. Heterosexual couples who are legally married receive financial tax benefits that these gay couples — who may be in committed relationships their whole lives — cannot claim. As CNN notes, each member of a same-sex couple is forced to file their federal tax returns as “single,” even if they are able to file jointly on a state level if they live in a state where their marriage is legally recognized. You can read in more detail here how CNNMoney and tax specialists for H&R Block calculated exactly how gay couples get royally screwed. Treating gays like second-class citizens is not only shamefully unjust — i’ts expensive. [CNN]
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