Same-sex couples covered by one partner’s health benefits face a no-win situation on their income taxes. Benefits extended to the same-sex partner of an employee are considered taxable, while benefits for an opposite-sex spouse are exempt from those very same taxes. Gay employees have to pay up to $2,200 more in taxes than their straight colleagues!
This blatant discrimination against LGBT couples isn’t just unfair – it’s also bad for business since employers who offer health benefits to same-sex partners and spouses have to pay higher payroll taxes.
But this burden on families and businesses has finally caught the attention of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Members of Congress are coming together to solve this inequity. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has introduced legislation that would exempt health benefits for both same-sex spouses and domestic partners from taxes. At least two Republicans have joined Rep. McDermott and a fellow Democrat to end the tax this year, but the bill will stall unless there is overwhelming, bipartisan support. That's where you come in.
Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the bill to end the unfair tax burden on health care for same-sex couples. There are so many ways in which gay and lesbian couples face discrimination. Together, let’s fix the system so health care is no longer one of them.
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