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November 23, 2009

Thanks to federal discrimination under DOMA, same-sex couples pay millions more in estate tax

Same-sex couples who are subject to the estate tax are assessed an average of $3.3 million more in taxes upon the death of a spouse than similarly-situated different-sexed married couples, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School. 

Because the federal "Defense of Marriage" Act prohibits the federal government from recognizing any same-sex marriages, even those lawfully performed by states such as Massachusetts and Iowa, lesbians and gay men are disadvantaged in their ability to pass on their wealth to their partners and children after their death, the study observes.

The Williams Institute press release is available here, and the full study is available here.

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