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REFUSE TO LIE! Gay Couples Won't File Their Federal Tax Returns Separately!

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More power to them! We can't commend them enough for taking such a massive stand!

Throughout the country, many married gay and lesbian couples have refused to file their federal tax returns separately this year, even though federal law STILL does not recognize same-sex marriage as legal!

Activists working under the "Refuse to Lie" campaign have decided that instead of checking "Single" or "Head of Household" status on their tax returns, they will take the risk and file with their partners!

Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, explains:

“More people are refusing to lie on those forms, even though the government is telling them to. It would be both dishonest and deeply humiliating to now disavow each other or our marriage and declare ourselves single on our tax form. People who follow this example need to do so with a clear head about the decision they are making and that what could happen is unclear. It’s not without risk.”

According to the Refuse To Lie website, in order to prevent getting in trouble while still declaring yourself married to your partner, you can 'adhere to the law while expressing that you disagree with it' - by putting an asterisk by the "single" box and then indicating that you are "only single under Defense of Marriage Act," or by attaching a note with a similar sentiment.

The website also explains that both people in a couple can file their own single return with the aforementioned attachment, and then file an amended return together:

"Once the I.R.S. rejects the amended return, or if six months passes and they do nothing, the taxpayers who file an amended return have the right to file suit in Federal District Court claiming the refund."

Wow. This is a huge statement to make, but such a powerful one!

Obviously, this isn't something that all couples in this predicament should feel they have to do, but for those who are, and are taking such a bold risk - congratulations for refusing to cooperate and letting the government blatantly marginalize our RIGHTS AS PEOPLE.

We are so proud of everyone taking a stand!

This kind of discriminatory nonsense will NOT be tolerated for much longer!


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35 comments to “REFUSE TO LIE! Gay Couples Won't File Their Federal Tax Returns Separately!”

  1. 1

    It is 2011 and this is the USA?! Wow! once a country of progress has changed so much! countries like Spain and Canada are the true land of the free and the brave! The USA has really fallen in morals!

  2. 2

    i guess if I and my partner were allowed to marry we would file jointly, but since we're in a recession and money is tight, I can't say it bothers me that because we own a home together and are not allowed to file jointly, we get back loads more of a tax return from the government than we would if we were filing as a married couple… a 3,000 tax return turns into a 12,000 tax return. it's a beautiful thing.

  3. 3

    As a gay man, I disagree with them. So let me understand this: in a Republic, such as ours, where the majority will should rule, you think its okay to push YOUR agenda through, no matter how much you may be in the minority?

    People, listed up! Perez does NOT speak for us! Many of us simply want more equality in domestic partnerships. Example: Gay couple Bill and John are in a DP. Bill does NOT have health insurance, so he is on John's. The Federal government forces them to count the total value of that health policy as income…so if it is a policy valued at $19,000 per year, John must count that as income. Totall wrong and unfair. Why? Because if Bill was a woman and they were Domestic Partners, Johm would NOT have to count it as income. So there you have it.

    But Perez does NOT speak for most of us because many of us accept that if the will of the people is not to allow same sex MARRIAGE, then so be it. We just want more equal treatment with Domestic Partnerships like straight DP's have.

  4. 4

    I think the entire LGBT community (and supporters!) should stand in protest an REFUSE to file their tax returns to show the Government and the entire country just how valuable they really are to not just our country, but our economy. Remember 'No Taxation Without Representation'? Who's representing the LGBT community? How would the Government get by without the BILLIONS of dollars it recieves from them? Just sayin'…Equality For All.

  5. 5

    How do you and "wifey" GagGag file? Do you pay Teresita and Barbara wages? Medical? What about all of those ugly clothes we only see once? Have you ever been audited?

  6. 6

    Well everyone keeps writing "Equality for All." But on this issue, let me ask you: Say that Muslims in this country demand Sharia law be allowed…should it? Polygamists want to be able to marry 18 women…sure…why not? Equality for all…right??

  7. 7

    I own a private passport and visa service in Los Angeles. Recently I submitted a passport application to the passport agency here in Los Angeles for a gay man who married his partner in California during the window when it was allowed. He was renewing his passport and was changing his last name to take his husbands last name. I did not think that the federal government would do the name change as they were a gay married couple and the federal government doesn't recognize these marriages. Well to my surprise they did! Now wouldn't that be setting precedent by the federal government? If they recognize it as a legal name change for a passport they why not recognize the marriage for taxes or immigration. Just food for thought.

  8. 8

    Good for them for standing up to the government, and fuck everyone that has a negative comment addressing something that is really "none of your business" and these people are expressing their rights. True Americans!

  9. 9

    This is stupid. Getting yourself in trouble is NOT the way to bring about equality. All this will do is cause problems for the people doing it. As noble a cause as it is, this isn't the way to go about it.

  10. 10

    Whatever. And they too can deal with the "marriage penalty" at tax time like the rest of us. Blah Blah Blah.

  11. 11

    Re: Paulie – I'd get behind whatever awareness campaign you developed because you're a reasonable, thinking individual. Your sexuality is beside the point. I applaud you and your separation from Perez and his stupidity.
    Re: stateofcircIe – Then you should all be prosecuted for tax evasion. If you're not smart enough to work within the law to effect change, you should be treated like the criminal you are if you break the law. Only a moron would follow this example. Let's find out how committed Perez is to it; let's see if he files his taxes and if not, let's start a movement to see him prosecuted for it. You want equality? Get it lawfully, stupid.

  12. 12

    No one cares about your gay agenda, Mario.

  13. 13

    What a brave move! I totally commend anyone who does this. It's about time this country was truly the land of the free.

  14. 14

    Gay or not, you have to abey the law. Oh, I forgot, gays are special.

  15. 15

    Have fun in Jail next year… It's where all your gay fantasies will come true.

  16. 16

    Refuse to lie to the IRS, WTF? Isn't that a given??? First this nonsense about wage splitting and now this? Anyone who is fool enough to do this apparently either doesn't want their refund in a timely manner or wishes to be placed high on the 'audit' list. Dumb and dumber!

  17. 17

    You've lost your mind, Mario. You are actually advocating submitting falsified tax forms (according to current laws). The only thing that's going to result from this is that a lot of gay people are going to jail.

  18. 18

    Re: Paulie – Wow…if more gays had the same LOGICAL thought process that you do Paulie - I'd be much more inclined to support and back your cause. GOOD for you for realizing that you must act within the constraints of the law. GOOD for you for realizing that you do live in a Republic. Cheers and best of luck in your course of action - because coming from someone that is not particularly in favor of "gay rights" - I most certainly commend your stance and find your reasoning well thought.

  19. 19

    Now gays are going to fight with the IRS.

    good luck you morons…..still fighting against everyone.

    stop making your website about all gay stuff perez.

  20. 20

    Re: Paulie – You sir are a reasonable man and it's a shame people like Perez and these tax evaders don't adopt your philosophy. If they did they might find that they would reach their goal sooner than with the methods they currently use.

  21. 21

    Ten states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to file their state tax returns using the married filing jointly or married filing separately statuses. You must be married or legally entered into a civil union or registered domestic partnership (RDP) to file as married in these states.

    Same-Sex Marriage States

    The following states allow same-sex couples to marry and also require them to file their taxes using the married filing jointly or married filing separately statuses:

    New Hampshire (beginning in 2010 for dividend and interest income)
    Civil Union/Registered Domestic Partner States

    These states recognize civil unions/RDPs and also allow gay couples to file their taxes jointly:

    District of Columbia
    New Jersey
    Update: Illinois will allow same-sex and opposite-sex civil unions in July 2011. Specific guidelines have not yet been published by the Illinois Department of Revenue. However, under the new law, civil union couples will be allowed the same rights as married couples, such as filing joint

  22. 22

    Re: Paulie – I totally agree with what PerezTheHypocrite said. Maybe you should start your own cause, I would totally support you and I think most Americans would too!

  23. 23

    Re: La Garse – Thank you for your genius insight. Thank God you told me, and everyone here, that tax evasion is, in fact, illegal. Do you by any chance know if killing someone or robbing a bank is illegal as well? Just like evading taxes, there is such a blurry legal line there…
    I suppose that since Perez, other posters and myself are not even close to your level of intelligence, perhaps I should clarify my earlier post. By stating that the LGBT community and their supporters not file their taxes, I was hoping to illicit the idea that the US would suffer dearly without the contribution of the LGBT community. Thank God someone like La Garse is out there to make sure we all understand what is and is not legal.

  24. 24

    I believe all gays should adhere to the law and consider themselves single if heteros have to do it. I hope they get in trouble, the government files liens, and puts them in jail.
    Stop pushing the agenda people.

  25. 25

    You get way more $ back being single than married. Stupid for them. Trust me, marriage penalty sucks! I cant wait for my divorce to be final so i can get the tax advantage!

  26. 26

    Break-in the law, Break-in the law

  27. 27

    Re: Paulie – So then as a Gay man, you equate the very basic civil rights, such as marriage, with abolishing Democracy? I am supposing by your examples, you are using things like Sharia Law and Polygymy in there most negative an extreme forms, which means you are saying that, in your mind, a legal system that condones violence, murder, torture, etc such as (extreme) points of Sharia Law and a (unfounded or not)religious belief that, in it's most extreme sense, condones rampant sexual abuse, violence, molestation and child endangerment is the same as people supporting the very basic US civil/human right of Marriage for LGBT citizens. As a Gay man, I'm pretty shocked that, regardless of your feelings for Perez, you would draw such violent and extreme comparisons. What is it that you believe people like Perez, "Equality For All" supports and myself say instead? What is confusing about the statement "Equality for All" when it is always said subjectively in matters of LGBT marriage equality? Perhaps other statements such as "LiveStrong" should be changed, as it could be taken as encouraging people to take steroids so they can live really, really strong; or, that people should just punch everyone they see in the face to prove they are strong. Just sayin'.

  28. 28

    It is homosexual not gay. Gay is a feeling of happiness, not a lifestyle. One chooses the homosexual lifestyle and a person may feel happy.

  29. 29

    Re: Paulie – you're a fucking idiot and an embarrassment to the gay community. i don't even believe you are truly a gay man but one of the many homophobic fools who troll this site just trying incite people with their stupid comments. hence your tacky avatar.

  30. 30

    Re: Paulie
    Minorities frequently find democratic, majority rule processes to be extremely threatening. The danger is that the majority will simply use its power to win elections, and then take away the rights of the minority. (Minorities may be defined on religious, racial, ethnic, gender, or political differences which arise among all groups.) This is why effective mechanisms for protecting minority rights are essential to the success of any democratic dispute resolution process.

    Usually, these mechanisms involve constitutional protections of rights of all citizens. Parliamentary systems, which give minority groups representation, rather than giving complete power to the group that wins 51% of the vote is also a way to increase the power of minority groups. Another important mechanism for protecting minority rights is the use of political subdivisions. Here the idea is to divide the larger society into a number of highly homogeneous political subdivisions without significant minority groups. These divisions are then granted as much autonomy and home rule as possible. In theory, this does much to eliminate the minority group problem. Unfortunately, it only works in situations where there is a clear geographic separation between groups who are involved in serious conflict. In most cases, contending groups are so intermingled that the subdivision approach is not workable. In these cases other measures are needed to protect minority rights.

  31. 31

    Re: Paulie
    The main opponents of the advances of the gay rights movement in the U.S. have generally been conservatives. Christianity is the most cited reason for opposing gay rights. Regionally, opposition to the gay rights movement has been strongest in the Southern and many rural states.
    As the movement for same-sex marriage has developed, many national and/or international organizations have opposed that movement. Those organizations include the American Family Association, the Christian Coalition, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Save Our Children, NARTH, the national Republican Party, the Roman Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the Southern Baptist Convention, Alliance for Marriage, Alliance Defense Fund, Liberty Counsel, Westboro Baptist Church, and the National Organization for Marriage. A number of these groups have been named as anti-gay hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center

  32. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Paulie – Government by the people, for the people; unless you're gay? This is a bold stand. If government won't listen, this will make them look. Why should us heteros have that right, but gay couples not?

  33. 33

    Re: stateofcircIe
    Oh get a grip! It is people like YOU and Perez that are the most dangerous for us…trust me. You're violent, revolutionary and illegal actions are what cause the problems. You know perfectly well that my using Sharia law and Polygamy are two very reasonable comparisons. I mean after all, don't Polygamists feel they are discriminated against? Perez keeps writing "Equal Rights for All" so aren't they part of "all?" Or are you discriminating against them for wanting to have 10, 15, 20 wives? Huh? Well are you?

    See, when you act so holier-than-thou and try to present YOUR personal agenda as the "right way" or the "equality for all way," that means you need to make that applicable to all. But you don't…do you?

    I stand by my words and almost every single frien my partner and I have feel the same way. If the country is not in support of gay marriage…then that is that. I think, as I stated, that more equitable Domestic Partner laws would be great, but I am not about to violate laws. You know something, children are dying of hunger right this moment…sorry if you want to judge me stateofcircIe, but I think that is far more important. When you have something of substance to contribute, let me know.

  34. 34

    AttFinch says – reply to this

    29Re: Paulie – you're a fucking idiot and an embarrassment to the gay community. i don't even believe you are truly a gay man but one of the many homophobic fools who troll this site just trying incite people with their stupid comments. hence your tacky avatar.

    ^ What absurd drivel. Again, it is people like YOU that are hurting our cause. Your vile, pathetic, childish post proves it. I can't stand people like you who don't allow others to have an opinion. Get a life. Get some self-respect, get some confidence and a feeling of self-worth, then we'll talk. Until then, its obvious from your purile comments that you are not playing with a full deck. Now good day. I said good day! ;)

  35. 35

    AttFinch says –
    Re: Paulie –
    Minorities frequently find democratic, majority rule processes to be extremely threatening. The danger is that the majority will simply use its power to win elections, and then take away the rights of the minority. (Minorities may

    ^^ Dude, the other reason why I will not deal with you is that you copied and pasted all of those comments directly from the web! Thief!! If you can't debate with your OWN words…then shut it! Ever hear of Google? All I had to do was take what you wrote and put it into google and voila! I found that you "borrowed" the words of others. Yeah, real great way to make the gay community look good…thanks dude…thanks for helping us out like that. Putz.