Quantcast

Missouri governor to issue executive order directing Department - KOAM TV 7

Missouri governor to issue executive order directing Department of Revenue to accept jointly filed tax returns from all legally married couples, including same-sex couples

Updated:

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON

Gov. Nixon to issue executive order directing DOR to accept jointly filed tax returns from all legally married couples

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today will issue an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept the jointly-filed state tax returns of all legally married couples, including same-sex couples legally married in other states, who file joint federal tax returns as required under Missouri law.

“Missouri is one of a number of states whose tax code is directly tied to that of the federal government and under Missouri law, legally married couples who file joint federal tax returns with the IRS must also file joint state returns with our state Department of Revenue,” Gov. Nixon said. “As a result, accepting the jointly-filed state tax returns of all legally-married couples who file federal returns is the only appropriate course of action, given Missouri statutes and the ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.”

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service ruled in August that legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married for federal tax purposes, regardless of where the couple lives. The Treasury’s ruling implemented federal tax aspects of the June 26th Supreme Court decision invalidating a provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Missouri tax law states that couples filing a “joint federal income tax return shall file a combined return,” and that any terms used in Missouri tax law shall have the same meaning “as when used in a comparable context in the laws of the United States relating to federal income taxes.”

The Governor said his executive order applies only to the specific issue of tax filing status and does not in any way authorize or sanction same-sex marriage in Missouri, which the state’s constitution does not recognize.

Under the executive order, any federal exemptions or deductions that married couples can receive that are reflected in their federal adjusted gross income will therefore be reflected on their state tax return. However, the order does not change the eligibility for any state-level exemptions, deductions or credits.

###

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • At least 4 new businesses are heading to downtown Joplin

    At least 4 new businesses are heading to downtown Joplin

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:00:02 GMT
    Downtown Joplin has gained several new businesses in the past month and even more are coming.More >>
    Downtown Joplin has gained several new businesses in the past month and even more are coming.More >>
  • Carthage plant bringing 160 jobs to the area

    Carthage plant bringing 160 jobs to the area

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:20:41 GMT
    A Carthage, Missouri cheese plant has begun an expansion project that will bring jobs to the area. Schreiber Foods says the 29,000 foot expansion will add 160 jobs to the plant. The plant will also re-purpose 67,000 square feet to install material handling and storage capacity for cheese, ingredients and packaging materials.More >>
    A Carthage, Missouri cheese plant has begun an expansion project that will bring jobs to the area. Schreiber Foods says the 29,000 foot expansion will add 160 jobs to the plant. The plant will also re-purpose 67,000 square feet to install material handling and storage capacity for cheese, ingredients and packaging materials.More >>
  • New Joplin city manager may be at least another six months away

    New Joplin city manager may be at least another six months away

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:08:09 GMT
    Councilman Mike Woolston says former city manager Mark Rohr's salary, including compensation and benefits, was about $200,000 at the time city council fired him.  Joplin's new city manager may be paid the same.More >>
    Councilman Mike Woolston says former city manager Mark Rohr's salary, including compensation and benefits, was about $200,000 at the time city council fired him.  Joplin's new city manager may be paid the same.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.