Tell SC Department of Revenue to treat ALL married couples equally


After the groundbreaking US Supreme Court ruling on DOMA last June, the US Department of the Treasury and the IRS announced in September that "All legal same-sex marriages will be recognized for Federal tax purposes." The ruling applies whether the couple lives in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage or a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage, such as in South Carolina.

In response, the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) has issued guidance on state tax returns that does not provide equal treatment under the law. SC REVENUE RULING #13-Draft/1/2/14 states "Since South Carolina does not recognize same-sex marriages, same-sex couples that file as married for federal income tax purposes must file separately for South Carolina income tax purposes..."

If approved, this ruling will create undue hardship on legally married same-sex taxpayers in South Carolina, making it more time consuming to prepare their returns (and more costly if they use a paid tax preparer), Paper filing will be required which will slow down refunds to taxpayers. This ruling is unfair to legally married same-sex couples!

Now is our chance to provide comment to SCDOR before the January 17, 2014 deadline! Complete this form below to send your comments directly to SCDOR. Be sure to include personal stories about why this issue matters to you, your family, or your friends.

Note: You don't have to be a married same-sex couple or in a same-sex relationship to submit comments. All who support equality are encouraged to respond!

*Legally married same-sex couples in South Carolina should consult with a tax professional to ensure full compliance with federal and state tax laws.