1. TAX EQUALITY

    IRS: Same-Sex Couples Can File Jointly

    FILE - This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. Worried the Internal Revenue Service might target you for an audit? You probably should worry if you own a small business in one of the wealthy suburbs of Los Angeles. Or if you’re a small business owner in one of dozens of communities near San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta or Washington. The IRS uses a secret computer program to identify potential tax cheats for audits, and researchers with access to the data say they have found large clusters of likely cheaters in these five metropolitan areas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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    File this in the rare “good tax news” category. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced that legally married same-sex couples will be allowed to file tax returns together no matter where they live. On Thursday Treasury Secretary Jack Lew released a statement saying the decision assures that “they can move freely throughout the country, knowing that their federal filing status will not change.” The move comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act in June and allows same-sex couples married before then to file amended tax returns for past years.

    Read it at The Washington Post