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!
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL.
Tags: campaign, defense of marriage act, equal rights, federal taxes, gay rights, policy, refuse to lie, taxes