One Iowa to host ‘Life After DOMA’ event in Iowa City

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So you’re gay, happily married and taxes are due. Now what? One Iowa hopes to answer such questions on October 25 at the Iowa City Public Library. — photo by Alan Light

One Iowa, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, is hosting a “Life After DOMA” event at the Iowa City Public Library on October 25. One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing will speak alongside Jason Dinesen of Dinesen Tax and Accounting about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and its potential impact on Iowans.

Before being ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, Section 3 of DOMA essentially codified the federal government’s non-recognition of same-sex couples by limiting its interpretation of “spouse” and “marriage” to heterosexual unions only. The overturning of such a provision marked a joyous day for LGBT advocates, and rightfully so, but with it comes a number of new questions regarding federal tax filings, federal marriage benefits and various other fiscal issues.

On Friday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the ICPL’s Meeting Room A, One Iowa will school LGBT spouses, couples and advocates alike in what sort of tangible changes one might expect as we inch closer to tax day. One Iowa has dubbed the event a “tax and law clinic,” so consider this your chance to bring even the most nuanced, tax-specific questions to the table. This event is free and open to the public, though an RSVP is requested.

From One Iowa:

While tax expert Jason Dinesen offers solid and useful information about filing your state taxes and now, post-DOMA, your federal taxes, One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing will discuss how the DOMA ruling affects various laws on a state and federal scale. In addition, we will serve juices and light snacks.

Bring your questions, queries and concerns. There is no charge for the conference and it is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about what the DOMA ruling means.

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