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By Richard Carter, PhD, Full-Time Faculty, School of Business Published March 2014
Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
unconstitutional was a watershed event that has created financial planning opportunities
for same-sex couples. If you are a spouse in a same-sex marriage, important wealth
management opportunities were created by DOMA. These opportunities include a) tax
benefits, b) retirement and benefit planning, and c) estate planning. Details
of each of these potential opportunities are noted below along with a
conclusion that notes an assortment of unanswered questions.
are worthy of your more immediate attention as filing deadlines for 2013
approach. As a legally married same-sex couple, you are now eligible to file
joint federal tax returns and have the option to amend previous years’ returns.
DOMA rulings have created
opportunities for enhanced retirement planning benefits to include matters related
to Social Security benefits, federal government benefit plans, and individual
retirement accounts (IRA). The details include:
On August 9, 2013, the Social Security Administration
(SSA) announced that SSA is processing some retirement spousal claims for
same-sex couples. The claims would include your spousal disability benefits, lump-sum
death benefit, and survivor benefits.
The Office of Personnel Management announced that federal
employees’ same-sex spouses are now eligible for numerous benefits,
including health insurance, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, and
long-term care benefits.
As a surviving spouse in a same-sex marriage you will be
allowed to rollover a deceased spouse’s IRA funds to your IRA, thus preserving
its tax-deferred benefits. It is also important to note that spousal IRA contributions
will be permitted.
As a surviving spouse in a same-sex
marriage you no longer have to pay federal estate taxes on assets received from
the deceased spouse, nor will you be required to pay federal gift taxes when
transferring funds to one another. It is important for same-sex spouses with
$1,000,000 or more in combined assets and life insurance to do estate tax
planning. This type of planning will minimize potential death taxes upon
the death of the first spouse.
if your same-sex marriage took place in Albany then you move to Alabama. Are
DOMA privileges based upon where you married or where you live? This is but one
question of many. You might believe Pandora’s Box is open regarding DOMA
rulings and federal government issues. You may be right! For example, you may
wonder how DOMA rulings affect bankruptcy, criminal laws, intellectual
property, and immigration laws. The website below offers many answers.
Click on the link below for a brief
overview of how these questions may be answered.
DOMA Rulings and Pandora’s Box of Questions
Click on the link below for recent
articles that touch upon the many aspects of DOMA.
and Issues Related to DOMA
Richard Carter is a full-time faculty member
at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of
the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University.
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