statedintent (statedintent) wrote in damnportlanders,

tax question

I cannot find the answer to this via google or the irs site and my employer does not know the answer, so I'm hoping that dp will once again come to the rescue.

I work for a company that provides benefits to domestic partners (same or opposite sex, but my situation is related to opposite sex) and I took advantage of that benefit. I have therefore had the fair market value of that benefit added as imputed income on all of my paychecks and taxes have been withheld based on that "income" being included. I have recently gotten legally married to the person I previously had listed as my domestic partner. Since you don't have to pay taxes on benefits provided to your federally recognized spouse, the imputed income is no longer being calculated, but the imputed income that was calculated until this point is still included in my gross earnings. Now, my understanding is that marriage is retroactive for the tax year - so, our taxes would be the same whether we got married in January or December of the same tax year. If we had been married in January, the imputed income would have been a non-issue. So...does that mean that I can subtract the imputed income from my gross income for 2009 as if it basically had never been there? This seems consistent with the whole "retroactive" marriage thing, but I can't find a definitive answer anywhere. Any info y'all have on this would be greatly appreciated.
Tags: insurance, taxes

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