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Letter: Felony required?

October 8, 2013

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To the editor:

So, let’s review. We are legally married, so we will need to file our federal tax return as married. But, on our state tax return, Kansas says we must file as single, even though the law requires that the filing status on our state return match the one on our federal return. Thus, Kansas requires that we commit tax fraud.

But wait, there’s more. As soon as we put our signatures on those state tax returns in which we listed our filing status as single, we will be committing perjury as well. As one might imagine, we are having a wee bit of difficulty accepting that the state of Kansas can force us to commit felonies.

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oldexbeat 6 months, 1 week ago

bigots use confused authoriy, tribal writings and myths, to justify what they would force on all.

Marriage is a civil event, by law. And should be equally treated by tax law, no matter which state authorized it. That has been the standard. Brownback needs some issues worked out. He seems to believe that he will be forced to marry another person. Or something.

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Larry Moss 6 months, 1 week ago

Simple:

A) Move

B) get divorced

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jhawkinsf 6 months, 1 week ago

At the federal level, there is the option of being married but filing individually. So to avoid the conflict, simply file your federal taxes as individuals. (However, I do believe that once you do choose to file as a married couple, you cannot then go back to filing as an individual. So you can't keep going back and forth, year to year).

Of course, there is a very good reason to file together, that being that there are tax benefits to doing so. You will be forced to forgo those benefits. Which brings us back to the equal protections that we all should have. I agree with those above who have said you should thumb your nose at the Kansas law and file exactly as you choose to file at the federal level. Let those buffoons in Topeka defend their discriminatory ideas in a court of law. They will lose.

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Steven Gaudreau 6 months, 1 week ago

A married couple can legally file individually and still check the married box.

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Xwards 6 months, 1 week ago

I think that this could all be a moot point by April 15th of next year. The legislature will be convening in the meantime and could change the law not requiring that the state filing status be in conformity with the federal filing status at least as far as it pertains to same-sex married couples.

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jafs 6 months, 1 week ago

The problem is a conflict between KS law stating that married couples filing as married at the federal level should file as married with the state, and KS law that doesn't recognize same-sex couples as legally married.

So, I suppose that the administration can say they don't recognize a same-sex marriage, even if the couple is filing as married with the feds.

It is, at the very least, confusing, and difficult for homosexual couples in KS.

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FlintlockRifle 6 months, 1 week ago

Me thinks maybe jafs is right , two different last names, , like above quote talk to CPA

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tresameht 6 months, 1 week ago

Let me get this straight,Kansas recognizes concealed carry permits from all states but does not recognize same sex marriage that is legal somewhere else.

One commenter writes that this is right because it is because "KS law is closer to the biblical and cultural norm of human society for thousands of years." The last time I read the Constitution there was no mention of following customs just because they were thousands of years old.

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FarleyM 6 months, 1 week ago

Before I went off the deep end, I'd check with a reputable CPA in town.

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purplesage 6 months, 1 week ago

Our society has descended into confusion. A marriage is a man and a woman; what we call "marriage" isn't really that at all, but a deviation from God's intent for this holy and blessed relationship and building block of culture. You are confused because we are living in a mixed up time when God's institution has been disregared, redefned. KS law is closer to the biblical and cultural norm of human society for thousands of years.

And yes, polygamy is next; Utah was admitted to the union after the Salt Lake City Mormons changed their practice. But polygamy is hardly rare in the western states.

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gr 6 months, 1 week ago

Not sure how it would change your tax amount. Maybe you could explain it?

But this does bring up an issue. What about those who have more than one spouse? How would they file as married? There's only one other line. If they only list one spouse, wouldn't they be committing tax fraud? And if they sign, wouldn't they be committing perjury as well?

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jafs 6 months, 1 week ago

Truly a bizarre situation.

I'm guessing that this couple is legally married in another state, since KS doesn't recognize same sex marriages. Then, because of the recent SC decision, they can file as married federally, even though KS doesn't allow ss marriages.

Then KS law says they should file as married for KS state purposes if they're filing federally as married, but the governor says to file as single.

Sure sounds like the governor is telling people to violate KS law - he wouldn't do that now, would he?

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Jackie Jackasserson 6 months, 1 week ago

Actually, he is likely well aware of this predicament and this is the only way he could think of to arrest homosexuals for their sexual preference and get away with it.

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Abdu Omar 6 months, 1 week ago

I agree. This governor is a fool and a without backbone. He will do anything the Koch's tell him even though it is not in his best interest. Do you drive the KTA? I do and the price for it went up when he took over and the toll booth workers tell me that people are angry. Let''s get rid of him!!!

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Joshua Montgomery 6 months, 1 week ago

I'd file as married and to heck with the consequences. Stand up for yourself and do the right thing. Dont let the tax man bully you.

Mr. Brownback is clearly on the wrong side of history. Eventually your decision will be regarded as justified civil disobedience. If the tax authorities hassle you, fight back. It will be a fight to proudly tell your grandkids about some day.

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