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WHAT’S THE CORRECT TAX FILING STATUS FOR CALIFORNIA GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES?

Tax Expert Same sex marriage

Avo Asdourian, Tax Expert Same sex marriage

         Before you know it, April 15 will be upon us.   How would LGBT couples of California residents know what family status to take?

Although the state of California currently recognizes same sex marriage as legal, Gay and Lesbian couples still have the option to file as Registered Domestic Partners (RDP).  “As 2014 is the first year gay and lesbian couples can file as married couples, here are a few tips that might help LGBT couples decide which status best fits their needs.” said Avo Asdourian, EA Legal Tax Representative to the IRS.  LGBT couples can always take great benefit in consulting with Avo on their taxes especially when things get complicated and overwhelming. It’ easy to contact Avo either through this blog or when you click here. Contact Avo.

           As with the federal tax return, California allows same -sex couples to take the standard deduction for the taxpayer’s filing status or to itemize deductions. Choosing the larger of these two amounts will result in the lower tax.  

 

California standard deduction is $3,906 for single and married/RDP filing separate.

California standard deduction is $7,812 for married/RDP filing joint, head of household, and qualified widow(er).  

 

Taxpayers may itemize deductions on the federal return and claim the standard deduction on the California return, or, conversely, claim the standard deduction on the federal return and itemize deductions for California. 

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For federal tax purposes, registered domestic partners are considered single.  If one itemizes, the other is not required to itemize.

 

For California returns, if the partners file using the married/RDP filing separate status, both must itemize deductions or both must take the standard deduction.

 

For California returns, if partnes file as married/RDP filing joint, use the more advantageous amount – standard deduction or itemized deductions.   Be sure to include both partners’ expenses when computing the itemized amounts.

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