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COPY-UPDATE: Minneapolis mayor makes gay marriage pitch in Madison, as WI says no to joint tax filings for them

MADISON (WKOW) – Minneapolis' Mayor will be in Madison on Monday to encourage same-sex couples to get married in Minnesota.

It's part of the "I want to marry you in Minneapolis" campaign with ads running in Chicago, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak will visit Madison to let LGBT couples know about his city's wedding planning services.  He personally officiated dozens of same-sex weddings the day the law went into effect August 1.

Mayor Rybak's visit comes just a few days after the Wisconsin Department of Revenue issued a guidance to tax professionals saying that legally-married gay couples will not be allowed to file joint state tax returns.

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act this summer, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it will allow legally married same-sex couples to file joint federal tax returns.  That applies even if the married couple lives in a state that does not recognize the validity of same-sex marriages, such as Wisconsin.

Wisconsin voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2006 and the Department of Revenue is citing that as the reason it cannot legally allow same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns.

Same-sex individuals who file a joint federal income tax return will be required to complete a new Wisconsin tax form, Schedule S.  The new form will show the amount of income as reported on the federal return for each individual and determine the federal adjusted gross income to be used for Wisconsin tax purposes.  Wisconsin marital property law will not apply.

Schedule S will be available online at revenue.wi.gov by September 30, 2013.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.


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