Same sex couples that married before the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme Court could qualify to receive back taxes. This would be thanks to the PRIDE Act that just passed the House of Representatives. The Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity and Equality Act was approved, with no opposition from either party, this past Wednesday.
The real challenge will come when the legislation hits the floor of the Republican controlled Senate. Luckily the PRIDE Act does have supporters like Senator Elizabeth Warren, who endorsed companion legislation in the Senate.
The PRIDE Act would remove gender language from the US Tax Code, and allow couples married prior to the still down of the DOMA to collect tax refunds that they would have been eligible for.