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Show your PRIDE: Tax Planning for Same-Sex Couples

June 30, 2021

Same-sex couples who are married have the same legal rights, for tax purposes, that opposite-sex couples do: The U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, saw to that: United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. 744 (2013). The succeeding case on LGBTQ rights, Obergefell v. Hodges, held that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry under the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection ClausesObergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015). There’s more to learn, particularly in estate planning for same-sex couples.


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Practical Guidance Updates

Featuring the latest updates from your Practical Guidance account.  

  • Tax Key Legal Developments Tracker (Federal)
    Stay informed on new developments:
    • Employment/Employee Benefits. IRS publishes rates and terminal charges for noncommercial flights. For purposes of the taxation of fringe benefits under I, provides a rule for valuing noncommercial flights on employer-provided aircraft.  Rul. 2021-11; 2021-24 IRB 1200 Treas. Reg. § 1.61-21(g) provides a rule for valuing noncommercial flights on employer-provided aircraft. Rev. Rul. 2021-11; 2021-24 IRB 1200
    • International Tax. IRS announces that Treasury intends to amend regulations under R.C. §§ 59A and 6038A to defer the applicability date of certain provisions of the regulations relating to the reporting of section 59A qualified derivative payments (i.e., base erosion or BEAT) until taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023. I.R.S. Notice 2021-36.

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