Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Since 1976, they have attempted to be recognized as cohabiting couple for tax purposes. Their requests have always been denied.
Recently, the Burden sisters appealed to the the European Court to obtain the same tax rights as married and same-sex couples. By a 15-2 vote, the Human Rights judges denied their claim holding that they were not unfairly discriminated against.
Because of the ruling, when the first sister dies, the surviving sister will have to sell their home to raise the money to pay the estate tax which will be due on the home.
See Sisters lose European tax battle, BBC News, April 29, 2008.
Special thanks to Joel Debris (Professor of Law, CU Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.