This, along with the DOJ's position on Colorado and Washington's legal marijuana is pretty startling. Good, but startling.
I know this is sort of not the time to talk about it, I mean this is so good for same sex married couples, but I'm a little concerned about the Federal Government deciding all on its own to not enforce certain laws. I mean, if the laws are bad, then repeal them. Do something besides just, oh I don't know, something besides just say, hey we're gonna do this because we don't need no stinkin' Congress to make the laws. Today it is these two laws, and like I said, I think it is a good thing, but tomorrow it might be a law we think is just swell, but some President and his DOJ decide "we don't like it so much".
I don't believe in obstructionism, and I do believe that the GOP Congress has been obstructive, but, I'd hate to think that their obstructionism ceded even more power to the Executive Branch. We don't need an Executive Branch with even more power. The next buy/gal and the one after that might not handle it so well. Just sayin' there is a reason we have three branches.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the new rules will provide "clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide."
Lew said the regulations also make clear that legally married same-sex couples will be able to move freely throughout the country and their federal tax filing status will not change.
The new rules implement the tax aspects of the Supreme Court's ruling in June which invalidated a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
The new regulations from Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service implement the court's decision on how legally married same-sex couples should be treated for federal tax purposes.