IRS And Treasury Department Provide Guidance On Same-Sex Marriage (Aug 31, 2013)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have announced that same-sex couples who are legally married in jurisdictions that recognize same-sex marriage will be treated as married for all federal tax purposes. Guidance has been provided in the form of a Revenue Ruling (Rev. Rul. 2013-17) and associated Frequently Asked Questions. The Treasury Department and IRS guidance was issued in response to the recent Supreme Court case striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

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Two Supreme Court Rulings Boost Same-Sex Marriage Rights (Jul 15, 2013)

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its rulings on two landmark cases related to same-sex marriage.

The 5-4 decisions bolster the federal benefits available to same-sex married couples and clear the way for same-sex marriages in California.

SageVest Wealth Management discusses the implications of these rulings.

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Approval of the Affordable Care Act (Jun 25, 2012)

By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law’s most controversial provision will stand – a mandate requiring every American citizen to buy individual health insurance coverage. The court made a key distinction, interpreting that mandate not as a directive but as a tax.  “The federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. wrote in the majority opinion. “The federal government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance.” The ruling carries profound implications for individuals, businesses and households.

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