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S. 2014: Refund Equality Act of 2021

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“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote — but he failed to mention that it can also entitle you to tax refunds.


During the 2000s and early 2010s, as some states began legalizing same-sex marriage, marriage was still defined as between one man and one woman on a federal level. That created a discrepancy when it came to taxes: same-sex married couples in those states could file jointly for their state taxes, but were still required to file separately for their *federal *taxes.

In 2013, the Supreme Court resolved this discrepancy. They ruled 5–4 in U.S. v. Windsor that the federal government had to allow married same-sex couples — in …

Sponsor and status

Elizabeth Warren

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Jun 10, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jun 10, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 10, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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40 Cosponsors (39 Democrats, 1 Independent)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senator Baldwin Calls on Consumer Protection Bureau to Address Medical Debt, Increase Transparency as Americans Face Steep Bills in Wake of COVID-19
    — Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 25, 2021

AMICUS Act Introduced to Ensure Transparency in Judicial Lobbying
    — Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 14, 2021

Sen. Rick Scott Doubles Down on Call for Congressional Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19
    — Sen. Rick Scott [R-FL] on Jun 3, 2021

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Jun 10, 2021

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