Missouri will become the first state to recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes even though it has a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced Thursday that he will issue an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns from all married couples, including same-sex couples married in other states.
According to Nixon’s office, the decision will not open state-level exemptions, deductions, or credits to same-sex couples, but it will prevent them from having to file their taxes differently at the state level than they do at the national level.
When the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, it opened up the possibility for same-sex couples to file their federal tax returns jointly for the first time. In the past, such couples living in states that recognized their marriages could file jointly at the state level but had to file separately at the federal level. The situation is now switched, so any couple who legally married in one state but then moved to another that didn’t recognize their union can file jointly for federal taxes, but will still have to file separately for state taxes. Missouri will become the first exception to this.