The Oklahoma Tax Commission is requiring legally married gay couples to file state taxes as single people, forcing them to compute their federal taxes twice. The August announcement by the Internal Revenue Service that same-sex married couples may file taxes jointly left Oklahoma in a quandary.
While a state law requires Oklahoma residents use the same filing status on state tax forms as they do on federal forms, a 2004 vote added language to the state's constitution banning the recognition of same-sex marriages.
The tax commission posted a notice last Friday on its website stating gay couples who file as married federally cannot do so on state forms.
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