Illinois to permit joint tax filing for same-sex couples


After months of discussion with the Illinois Department of Revenue, Equality Illinois announced Nov. 28 that the State of Illinois would allow same-sex couples in a civil union to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns just as married spouses are currently allowed to do under state law.

Under the new guidelines issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue, same-sex couples in a civil union may elect to file state taxes as “married, filed jointly” or “married, filed separately” – the same options opposite-sex married couples may choose. If applicable, couples would check a box for “same-sex civil union return.”

In order to determine the adjusted gross income to include on state filings, couples will have to complete a pro forma federal IRS return.

“In order to ensure that couples in a civil union were afforded the same rights as other spouses, we needed the leadership of Gov. Quinn and revenue director Brian Hamer, and we thank them for standing up for equality,” said Bernard Cherkasov, Equality Illinois CEO. “We are grateful to them and their respective staffs for their commitment to equal treatment for same-sex couples.”

Illinois is the 10th state, along