(Bloomberg) -- Tonya Keith typically spends four to eight hours doing her taxes each year. This year, she says, Ive got about 30 hours in, and Im not done. The reason: She and her wife got married last year in Seattle, but they live in Georgia, which doesnt recognize their marriage.
This tax season is particularly bitter for gays and lesbians who live in states that still dont recognize same-sex marriage. After decades together, many are filing their first joint tax returns. In a growing number of states, this is easy: An additional 20 states have legalized same-sex marriage since the beginning of 2014. But in Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and nine other states, gay couples are still treated as legal strangers. They face extra paperwork, heftier tax-prep fees, and tax questions that puzzle even the experts. Relief could come from the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule by June whether gays and lesbians have a right to marry. Taxes, however, are due by April 15.
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