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Franchot: same-sex couples will be able to file taxes jointly

Maryland’s comptroller, Peter Franchot, says he’s working hard to solve a tax issue that could affect same-sex married couples in the state: the inability right now to file a married state tax return, like any other married couple.

The issue arises because Maryland’s income tax forms are coupled to the federal Form 1040, which doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

“Same-sex couples in the State of Maryland – whether married in this state or in other states – will have the opportunity to file joint tax returns for Tax Year 2013, and will receive the same state tax treatment as any married couple,” Franchot said in a statement.

“ This will occur either as a result of a legislative action, or if necessary, a regulatory change, either of which is necessary because Maryland’s tax code is conjoined to the IRS unless specifically decoupled. My senior staff and I will work with legislative leaders over the next few weeks to determine the most appropriate course of action.”

Franchot issued his statement this morning after an article in the Washington Times highlighted the problem and cast doubt on whether it would be resolved.