Mass. City To Refund "Gay Marriage Penalty" That Hits Public Employees

Mass. City To Refund "Gay Marriage Penalty" That Hits Public Employees

The IRS has a way of punishing people for getting married, but the marriage penalty hits gay public employees harder than straight couples. Unlike their straight counterparts, gay workers who place their spouses on employer-provided health insurance have to pay taxes on the benefits that can add up to $3,000 a year. Cambridge, Mass. will use a stipend to refund the “gay marriage penalty” to city workers affected. [More]