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State Begins Estate Tax Refunds For Same-Sex Spouses

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Same-sex spouses in New York State who paid estate taxes after the death of their partners will be getting refunds on the state portion of their tax.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the refunds are being issued because the Supreme Court struck down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act.

In declaring that part unconstitutional, the court granted gay couples the same rights to assets and lower taxes as straight couples.

Same-sex spouses may have been required to pay thousands of dollars more in New York estate taxes when their partner died.

So far, the state has not estimated the total amount that will be refunded.

A refund must be claimed within three years of the tax return or two years after the tax was overpaid.

For more information, call the state's Taxpayer Information Center at (518) 457-5387.

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