In the News Tonight: Webster Faculty on Tax Effect in Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling

| June 26, 2013

Tune in tonight as Webster University’s Richard Dippel, assistant professor in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, is scheduled to appear on St. Louis FOX affiliate Fox2 (KTVI) news and NBC affiliate (KSDK, channel five) in the 5 p.m. newscasts this evening to discuss today’s Supreme Court ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.

Dippel and Webster associate professor Debbie Psihountas recently published their research on the tax implications of the DOMA in the Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy.

At the time they started the research, Psihountas and Dippel were the only ones who were using real couples’ data. They went to Boston several times and collected addresses and names of more than 900 married gay couples and then contacted those couples and asked for their tax information, which they then used to do their analysis.

The research found that there are adverse economic and legal effects on same-sex couples due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Psihountas and Dippel compared the couples’ current tax liability versus their theoretical tax liability using the “married filing jointly” status and found that 68 percent of those couples suffered an average tax penalty in 2008 of $2,495.

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  1. Bill Duvendack says:

    I’ve got no problem with the tax issue. Let the problems come. After all, the problems were created by the people that elected the officials that put DOMA in place in the first place, so it only makes sense that the people suck it up on picking up the pieces, too. Or an even better solution would be to fix the system so the people don’t pay the price; the politicians do. Just my two cents.