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Senate passes same-sex tax filing bill 29-6, it now heads to Otter

As testimony continues in the House State Affairs Committee this morning on HB 427, the Senate has voted 29-6 in favor of HB 375, granting final passage to the bill that requires same-sex couples who are legally married in other states to file separately on their Idaho income tax returns. Now that the IRS allows those couples to file jointly, that means such couples in Idaho will have to re-calculate their taxes after doing their federal returns, rather than following their federal returns in how they report their Idaho income. The bill, which says only those whose marriages comply with Idaho’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage can file as married in Idaho, now moves to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk. It earlier passed the House 27-12.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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