Tax Equity Project

The Tax Equity Project (TEP) is a consortium of pro bono attorneys, accountants, and tax experts actively working together to understand tax codes, new regulations, and federal agency rulings in relation to LGBT individuals and couples.

In fact, TEP has been at the forefront of identifying tax issues same-sex couples experience and providing up-to-date legal information and guidance for broader tax complications.

Currently, TEP is developing policy changes within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), building strategies to report federal income taxes for legally married same-sex couples, and providing educational material for tax preparers and LGBT taxpayers alike.

To explore TEP, navigate through the links on the right. If you would like to submit an article or resource for publication on TEP, please email us at

Breaking News

Final Rule to Revise the Definition of “Spouse” Under the FMLA

The Department of Labor has announced it will issue a Final Rule change to extend Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to all married same-sex couples effective March 27, 2015.

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. The Final Rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the FMLA so that eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. This will ensure that the FMLA will give spouses in same-sex marriages the same ability as all spouses to fully exercise their FMLA rights.