Tax Implications of Marriage Equality

Marriage and Taxes LogoWhen the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act went into effect on June 1, 2014 throughout Illinois, granting all couples the freedom to marry, families faced questions regarding their state and federal taxes.
This flyer explores some of the common income tax questions and choices that come with marriage equality.
With the end of the year fast approaching, there are three things to think about before midnight on December 31, 2014:
1) You can convert your civil union to a marriage at your local county clerk office, which enables you to file your 2014 federal taxes as “married-filing jointly” or “married-filing separately.”
2) Getting married will also enable you to file your 2014 taxes as “married-filing jointly” or “married-filing separately.
3) If you convert your civil union to a marriage, you can backdate your marriage to the date of your civil union. This enables you to amend your taxes for the current year and previous three years (2011-2013) as long as you do so before April 15, 2015.
For more information about the tax implications of marriage equality, click here.