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03/26/2008

H&R blocks gay boys; gay boys call ACLU

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 2-137The ACLU is stepping in to help a Connecticut gay couple who was denied the ability to file their taxes on H&R Block's online filing system because the technology wouldn't accommodate for residents who've been bound by a civil union.

The main problem? Since such unions are not supported by the TaxCut Online system, those couples who wish to file with H&R Block are forced to shell out $150 more than they would if they were able to use computer-based procedure. Plus it's more time consuming, and forces the filers to actually put on some clothes and deal with actual human beings. And as frugal lovers of impersonal nudity, we find these extra burdens to be extremely unfair!

More details at link:

H&R Block Tells Gay Couples In Connecticut: “We Don’t Support Connecticut Civil Union Returns" [ACLU]

It remains to be seen if the ACLU will be successful in making the system more equitable for those legally-bound couples who are supposedly to be treated with the same fairness as married couples (at least on the state level). But even more than that, it remains to be seen when everyone will wise up and realize that forcing gay couples to take an alternate route to shore up their legal protection is a downright offensive idea that leads to headaches, heartaches, and more time focusing on tax preparation than any human being should be forced to endure.

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I doubt that H&R will make this available online. It's crazy difficult because the feds don't recognize gay couples.

In CA, at least, it requres that a married-filing-jointly federal return be prepared for use in preparing the state return. But then two separate single federal returns have to be prepared for filing with the IRS.

Unfortunately this cannot be resolved by making civil unions into marriage because the feds still don't recognize gay marriages.

The correct solution is to change the federal DOMA so that each state can define marriage and the IRS will recognize the state's definition (or at least for now).

Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Mar 26, 2008 1:42:07 PM

My wife can do our taxes by herself. She and I like to go to H&R Block simply because we're accountable if she makes a mistake (which she doesn't, but *still*) and we're not accountable if *they* do. That said, I think we can get the same benefit from Jackson Hewitt. Wish I'd known about this earlier, and I'm so sorry for the couples in Connecticut.

Posted by: Lilo | Mar 26, 2008 1:42:08 PM

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