TurboTax Discriminating Against Gays (And Paying Customers, At That)
Ladies and gents, I present to you a perfect example of why marriage equality on the federal level is the only type that will actually have robust consequences for those who would rather see us as something less-than.
TurboTax has had YEARS to update their tax-filing system to handle the same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, and civil unions now being performed in more than a few states across the county. But the company is all, “Nahhhhhh.”
Gay and lesbian customers in legal marriages and unions who have purchased TurboTax software to file their taxes this year are on the receiving end of a very rude error message. Dare we suggest that this may even be a criminal violation of many states’ anti-discrimination laws? These people are legally married. You cannot choose to not accept their marriages in the very states that they are performed in.
“I paid for turbotax software and they prevent me from e-filing because I am gay.” Yep. That about sums it all up!
Are you a TurboTax customer unable to file your returns because of your marriage?
Turbo Tax had said that their March 10th update would allow those of us in Domestic Partnerships in community property states file with their software. They have now reversed that and said you can either do it by hand in the software or hire a professional for more complicated issues. I called this morning and they issued me a refund without any issues. Hopefully next year they will get it figured out.
Yes, hopefully next year they will permit legally married same-sex couples to use their software that is currently discriminating against them. Hopefully, indeed.