As a same-sex couple, what filing status should we choose on our state return?
The 2015 Supreme Court decision now requires all legally-married same-sex couples to file as married (either jointly or separately) on their state tax returns.
Prior to the Supreme Court decision, there were 13 "holdout" states that didn't permit same-sex marriage partners to file as married: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Tennessee.
If you need to file a return in one of these 13 states, and you haven't filed your 2014 return yet, choose a married status (jointly or separately) when preparing your return.
And if you already filed your returns in one of these states, you have the option to amend. However, you are not required to do so. More info
- Is it better for a married couple to file jointly or separately?
- How does the June 26 Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling affect tax returns?
- "Were You Married?" screen still displays same-sex marriage option
- How do I amend a state with the 2015 same-sex marriage ruling?