Estate Planning

Pennsylvania Same Sex Married Couples No Longer Have to Pay Inheritance Tax

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Same Sex Couple

On May 20, 2014, declared that Pennsylvania’s laws banning same sex marriage was unconstitutional.  Besides the practical implication that same sex couples in Pennsylvania may now get married, it also means that when one spouse dies, the survivor can now inherit tax free. Previously, only a heterosexual surviving spouse could inherit assets of the deceased spouse […]

Income Tax

Same Sex Marriage Now Legal In New Jersey

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Same Sex Marriage

Effective today, same sex marriage is now legal in New Jersey after Governor Chris Christie dropped his plans to appeal the ruling of Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson.  On September 27, 2013, Judge Jacobson had ruled that New Jersey must allow same sex marriages in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. […]

Civil Union

IRS Issues Ruling on Tax Filings for Same Sex Couples

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tax filings for same sex couples

Yesterday the Internal Revenue Service issued an important ruling in the wake of the Windsor case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.  Specifically the IRS stated that it will recognize all same sex marriages regardless of where the couple was married.  The Supreme Court did not specifically address what would […]