By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
It’s tax time and refunds are not yet in the mail. We are still doing our taxes or asking for extensions. For same sex couples, the issues are a bit different because they are not viewed under the law as a traditional family.
Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships give some couples the tax benefits of families, but they are tricky. Health insurance issues, what is deductible and what is not, head of household deductions, dependent deductions, at state and federal levels all add to the murky waters of tax law.
Also, when same sex relationships end, property division can have serious tax ramifications. It is important to realize that same sex couples are not afforded the same discounts and advantages as married couples. But they are benefitted by having a skilled lawyer and accountant in drafting cohabitation agreements at the beginning of a relationship and in drafting division of property and benefits at the end of a relationship. For more information, call one of the lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com.