Gay married couples could pay more for tax filings

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Same-sex couples in Indiana could pay more to file their tax returns this year because of conflicting state and federal policies.
A new federal tax policy recognizing gay marriages was introduced after the Supreme Court struck down sections of the Defense of Marriage Act. Indiana was on track to follow suit until Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman of Buck Creek made a late-session change that would prevent the state from adopting the provision.
Indiana bans gay marriage, and Hershman says the tax code should prohibit same-sex married couples from filing joint state tax returns.
The bill would force some same-sex couples to pay more because they would need to file both joint and individual tax returns.
Details are still being worked out in the final week of the legislative session.

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