by Todd A. Solomon, Ruth Wimer and Brian J. Tiemann
Employers providing benefits for employees’ same-sex spouses may want to consider the availability of federal payroll tax refunds if the Supreme Court of the United States finds Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Employers currently must impute income to an employee for the fair market value of benefit coverage for a non-dependent same-sex spouse. Such imputed income is subject to federal income and payroll taxes, as well as state income taxes in the majority of states.
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