In case you missed it, Comptroller Peter Franchot took issue this week with a Washington Times’ article that played a little loose with the facts regarding same-sex couples and tax filing in Maryland. The Times, which is considering cutting 25 percent of its staff, may want to reconsider that move after publishing what Franchot described as an inaccurate story. Where are the fact-checkers?
” The Washington Times’ article contained significant misinformation regarding the tax filing status of same-sex couples in Maryland,” he said in a press statement. ”Contrary to the tone and the facts contained in the story, 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. 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 noted he “proudly testified in strong support of the Civil Marriage Protection Act and remain a steadfast supporter of marriage equality. Honoring Maryland’s hard-earned reputation for fairness and equality, this change will afford same-sex couples with the rights and protections commensurate with their obligations as taxpayers.”