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Same-Sex Married City Employees

The IRS recognizes same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, as married for federal tax purposes. On June 30, 2014, most state-registered, same-sex domestic partnerships will be converted to marriage. The State of Washington does not share this information with employers. If your partnership will convert to marriage and you have not already done so, you need to inform your department's Benefits Representative of the change. For clear documentation, you will need to submit a Termination of Domestic Partnership form and an Affidavit of Marriage to them by July 31. They will update your benefits records and make any tax and benefit changes that you request.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. Because of the ruling, Medicare is no longer prevented by DOMA from recognizing same-sex marriages for determining entitlement to, or eligibility for, Medicare.

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