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Treasury Ruling: Same Sex Marriage Recognized for All Federal Tax Purposes

Last Thursday, August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 which provides that for all federal tax purposes, the terms "spouse," "husband and wife," "husband," and "wife" include an individual married to a person of the same sex if the individuals are lawfully married in a state (or foreign country) whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex. The ruling states: "Although states have different rules of marriage recognition, uniform nationwide rules are essential for efficient and fair tax administration."

Princeton University's Tax-Exempt Status is Challenged

A group of Princeton University's neighbors think it should lose its tax exempt status under New Jersey law. In the law suit, Plaintiffs argue that Princeton University violates the provisions of its tax-exempt status because it is earning hundreds of millions of dollars in patent royalty income and is distributing some of that money to its faculty. They claim that Princeton should be put back on the property tax rolls since it is acting like a business.

The Dirty Dozen for 2013 - Part 1

On March 26 the IRS released its annual list of the worst 12 tax scams for the year. The IRS cautions taxpayers not to fall for any of these scams - often these scams are at their peak during the filing season as people prepare their tax returns. This week's column presents one-half of the "Dirty Dozen".

The New Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation

Pennsylvania has a new corporate form called a "Benefit Corporation".

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