I came across an article on CNN.com
about a tax benefit being offered to same-sex couples.
Off the bat, this story
caught my attention because I know just how hard it is for same-sex couples to get any tax benefits at all. But as I kept reading, I found something even more interesting. This benefit is not offered to straight couples!
The credit is given to people for what is known as a "second parent adoption."
Individuals who qualify are eligible to receive up to $12,650 per child depending on specific expenses. Straight married couples can only claim the adoption credit when they adopt a child together, but not when they are adopting their spouse's child. However, due to the fact that same-sex couples' marriages are not recognized by the IRS they can claim this credit when they adopt the child of a partner.
When it comes to filing taxes, it's all about technicalities. In this case, this minor detail is highly beneficial to same-sex couples. This could be seen as a great cause for celebration; a breakthrough for the gay community!
However, the only reason gay couples are able to benefit from this loophole is because their marriages are not recognized by the IRS due to the Defense of Marriage Act
I suppose that gay people could react in one of two ways: 1) They can be happy that for once they are receiving a benefit that straight couples cannot receive. It's about time they begin to have some rights that straight couples don't have since it's been the other way around for so long; or 2) They could be upset that this only highlights their inequality in our society. If it weren't for the fact that the IRS only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman, then everyone would be able to receive the exact same tax credits and it would create for more equal ground.
Since I am speaking as a straight woman with no children, these are tax credits that won't actually affect me, but I feel that this news is groundbreaking and worthy of some thought and conversation. I would love to hear from same-sex couples and straight couples with children. What do you think of these tax credits? How will they affect families differently? Are they fair?Image source