New York Will Refund Estate Taxes Paid before DOMA Ruling

GOOD NEWS for surviving gay spouses that had to pay estate taxes in New York!

The woman who brought down the Defense of Marriage Act will soon get back thousands of dollars her same-sex marriage cost her.

Following Edie Windsor’s Supreme Court victory last month challenging
DOMA, which denied federal recognition to same-sex couples, Democratic
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New York would refund estate
taxes paid by surviving spouses of same-sex marriages.
The refunds will
be offered to those whose spouses died as recently as 2008, reports the Daily News,
three years before New York legalized same-sex marriage. As the
governor’s office points out, three years is the typical limit for a
taxpayer to file an estate tax claim, credit, or refund.

Cuomo called the compensation “one more step toward justice” in a press release.


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