July 17, 2013
DOMA Ruling Can Impact Employer Payroll Deductions
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The law prevented same-sex couples from receiving Federal benefits available to other married couples. What this means for employers:
Employee-paid premiums for a same-sex spouse can now be paid for pre-tax. Previously, pre-tax payroll deductions applied only to New York State taxes since New York recognizes same-sex marriage. Now it also applies to Federal taxes.