While attending a concert in Mount Vernon, I noticed a lesbian couple with child. Besides being pleased with this mother-to-be,
I also tried to envision the tax consequences of their decision.
Because they do not fall under marital or domestic
partnership laws they would have to pay full taxes.
Assuming a $30,000 annual income and two stay-at-home moms for
comparison: A married couple would have a standard deduction of $6,550 and personal exemptions of $7,500 reducing their taxable
income to $15,950.
The domestic partner would receive no deduction for the child or the mother. Her standard deduction
would be $3,900 and her personal exemption would be $2,500, reducing her taxable income to $23,600.
The married couple's
tax would be $2,389 while the partnership's tax would be $3,566-for a difference of $1,177. This represents a 49 percent
tax bias in favor of the married couple.
The children from your community need food, medicine and shelter. So do
the children from our community. An extra $1,177 would supply a lot of these essentials.
Sheila L Richardson