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LGBT Families & Tax Inequality

By Aaron Drake

Today is the filing deadline for 2011 taxes and, appropriately, BuzzFeed has posted an actual tax form highlighting and explaining the tax credits, deductions and exemptions that aren't extended to LGBT families. (via

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for the line-by-line look at tax return inequity for LGBTs raising children and a new study showing many LGBT families face higher taxes:

The report also documents how, because LGBT families are denied federal recognition of their marriages and denied joint filing status due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), they face higher taxes on family health insurance benefits and additional gift and estate tax liability—and must misrepresent and “carve up” their families when filing taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Unequal Taxation and Undue Burdens for LGBT Families also outlines recommendations for amending and repealing archaic and discriminatory tax laws that harm children who have LGBT parents.

Because tax day isn't stressful enough.