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Hating the “Love Clause”

Alabama State University is taking flak over the employment agreement it recently inked with its new president, Gwendolyn Boyd. No one seems concerned with the size of Dr. Boyd’s salary and benefits. It is the clause...more

Equal Tax Treatment for Same-Sex Couples in the Wake of Recent Supreme Court Ruling and IRS Guidance

Same-sex marriages now are being recognized under federal tax law for the first time. In June 2013, the Supreme Court released its decision in United States v. Windsor, 530 U.S. 12 (2013), declaring Section 3 of the federal...more

Taxable Estates

Even though estates are taxed by the federal government when an estate is worth more than $5.25 million for individuals and $10.5 million for couples, New York State has additional taxes and considerations that must be taken...more

Tax Law Blog: IRS Statement on DOMA and Tax Tips for Newlyweds

On June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. A full explanation of the article is available on a prior post. Experts in the tax realm have mixed views...more

Okay For Health Plan To Cover Same Sex But Not Opposite Sex Domestic Partners

I have always been interested in the intersection of employment law and benefits law....more

And That's What Civility Is For

Whatever the reason, ending a marriage may be a very painful process. The spouse was unfaithful, suffered from addiction, or was abusive to your client or the children. While in California we do not assign “fault” during ...more

Tax Law Blog: Are Holiday Weddings a Form of Tax Planning?

Your marital status for tax purposes is determined as of December 31. That means if you get married on New Year's Eve, you are considered married for the entire year and can file as a married couple....more

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