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LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: A larger tax return and a bigger paycheck

The IRS will now fully recognize marriage equality for all married LGBT taxpayers – even married couples living in states without marriage equality!

This decision has an enormous financial impact on LGBT married couples. It means that many married LGBT couples will see a larger tax return at the end of the year and a bigger paycheck at the end of the month. For one example, spouses’ health insurance benefits through their employers will no longer be counted as income for federal tax purposes.

And that’s not all!

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that married LGBT elders enrolled in the Medicare Advantage program will now be able to access important benefits for their spouses in skilled nursing facilities, even if they live in states that do not recognize their marriages. Previously, many LGBT seniors had to choose between being in a nursing home away from their spouse and paying more money to be with their loved one — but not anymore.

These are huge wins we’re seeing thanks to the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key component of DOMA. The Task Force along with other LGBT organizations recently met with Obama administration officials and urged them to move as quickly as possible to implement the Supreme Court’s ruling — and we’re now seeing those benefits quickly come to fruition.

In fact, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius even said yesterday, “Today’s announcement is the first of many steps that we will be taking over the coming months.”

These are significant wins that will have an important impact on many of our lives.

We’re making real and lasting progress, we’re creating positive change together, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you,

Rea Carey
Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund builds the grassroots political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Task Force Action Fund does this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation, and works to pass pro-LGBT legislation and other progressive initiatives. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the Task Force Action Fund are not tax-deductible.