Saturday, February 03, 2007

More complications for domestic partner benefits


The IRS has apparently ruled that decisions on rolling over employee 401K accounts to designated non-spousal beneficiaries is to be determined by each individual company. A new federal law dealing with this has been criticized for making the tax code more complicated, when the desire is to simplify.

The is a Marriage Protection Act of 2007 introduced by Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana, to prevent constitutional challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.

A state court of appeals in Michigan has ruled that the recent constitutional amendment in Michigan probibiting gay marriage and (apparently) civil unions precludes the allowing of domestic partner benefits for state employees.

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