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IRS Provides Much Needed Clarification for Employee Benefit Plans After U.S. Supreme Court Case Strikes Down Defense of Marriage...

On August 29, 2013, IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 which clarified that for federal income tax purposes, the marital status of a same-sex couple is based on the state law or foreign law (e.g. Canada) where the marriage was...more

IRS Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes

This summer, same-sex couples achieved a legal victory in the Supreme Court when the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was held unconstitutional....more

Important IRS Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier this summer we sent you an Alert concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling (United States v. Windsor) regarding same-sex marriage. This decision declared, as unconstitutional, Section 3 of the federal...more

Employment Law Advisory for September 10, 2013: Same-Sex Spouses—What Does the Supreme Court's Ruling on DOMA Mean for Employers?

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court found unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). Section 3 of DOMA prohibited the federal government from acknowledging...more

Treasury Department/IRS Clarify Federal Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages: Assessing the Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

In recently issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that all legal same-sex marriages will be recognized for federal tax purposes. The revenue ruling was accompanied...more

IRS state-of-celebration rule for same-sex marriages – how it works, practicalities for employers

The Internal Revenue Service has adopted a state-of-celebration rule that, for federal tax purposes, recognizes the validity of a same-sex marriage that was valid in the state where it was entered into, regardless of the...more

First Significant Tax Guidance Issued on Impact of Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

As we discussed in a previous WSGR Alert, the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor concerning same-sex marriage will significantly affect many employee benefit plans. The IRS recently released the first significant...more

Revenue Ruling Confirms that IRS Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, But Not Civil Unions or Registered Domestic Partnerships

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision inUnited States v. Windsor overturning Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) raised several questions regarding the federal tax treatment of same-sex couples. (See Holland &...more

The DOMA Decision and Same-Sex Spousal Benefit Issues – IRS Guidance Provides Administrative Relief

On August 29, 2013, the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 ("Rev. Rul. 2013-17"), which provides that same-sex couples who enter into marriages in jurisdictions that recognize such marriages will be treated as married for...more

Early Guidance Sheds Light on Impact of United States v. Windsor on Employee Benefit Plans

For many years, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defined marriage under federal law as a legal union between one man and one woman. In June 2013, however, in the case of United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court of the...more

eBenefits Alert - IRS Hears Wedding Bells - New Guidance for Same Sex Marriage under Federal Tax Laws

Right before the Labor Day holiday began last week, the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 stating the IRS position on recognition of same-sex marriage for federal tax purposes. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2013...more

Treasury And IRS Provide Guidance For Same-Sex Married Couples - What Same-Sex Couples Need To Know

The IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on August 29, 2013, that same-sex couples who validly enter into a marriage in a jurisdiction whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex will...more

Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that married same-sex couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. Revenue...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8. No. 3 -- September 2013

Supreme Court Holds Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional - On June 27, 2013, in a landmark ruling, the United States Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The...more

Legal same-sex marriages to be recognized for federal tax purposes

A new federal policy will allow legally married same-sex couples to get the same federal tax benefits as married heterosexual couples. The policy applies even if the same-sex couple lives in a state that does not recognize...more

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on DOMA—Many, but Not All, Questions Are Answered

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department ("Treasury") and Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") jointly issued guidance in Revenue Ruling 2013-17, 2013-38 IRB, and two accompanying sets of Frequently Asked Questions (together,...more

Monthly Benefits Update - August 2013

Defense of Marriage Act - IRS Issues Guidance Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage for Federal Tax Purposes: In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage...more

Department Of Treasury And Internal Revenue Service Announce They Will Recognize Legal Same-Sex Marriages For Federal Tax Purposes...

In June 2013, the US Supreme Court in Windsor v. U.S., ruled as unconstitutional the portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) which provided that for federal law purposes, a marriage meant an opposite-sex...more

Same-Sex Marriages Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes

New ruling will apply even if the same-sex couple resides in a jurisdiction that does not otherwise recognize same-sex marriages. On August 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

DOMA Update: IRS Releases Much-Anticipated Guidance Related To Same-Sex Spouses

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance regarding the federal tax treatment of same-sex spouses. In Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the IRS clarified that it will consider a same-sex couple to be...more

Treasury and IRS Recognize Same-Sex Marriage for All Federal Tax Purposes

On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, declaring that same-sex couples legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage...more

Estate Planning Opportunities Arising from Recent Revenue Ruling Concerning Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

Revenue Ruling 2013-17 - On August 29, 2013, the US Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (the “Ruling”) holding that, for purposes of...more

IRS and Treasury Department Have Ruled: Same-Gender Spouses to be Treated Equally with Opposite-Gender Spouses for Tax Purposes

The IRS has issued much-anticipated guidance on the implication of the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor, declaring parts of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. In Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (Ruling), the IRS stated...more

IRS Will Recognize All Marriages of Same-Sex Couples if Valid Where Performed

On June 26, the US Supreme Court required the federal government to recognize marriages between two individuals of the same sex if the marriage is recognized by the state in which the couple lives. On August 29, in applying...more

Focus on Guidance on the Implications of the Windsor Decision Recognizing

It has been two months since the release of the U.S. Supreme Court's Windsor decision recognizing same-sex marriage and the guidance on implementing this decision is just beginning....more

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