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Auditor Candidate Urges Tax Filing Help For Same Sex Couples

Democratic candidate for State Auditor Michael Claytor is calling on the Pence administration to help same sex couples file a joint tax return.

Michael Claytor

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Michael Claytor is a Democratic candidate for State Auditor.

Under new IRS policy, same sex couples can jointly file their federal tax return. But Indiana doesn’t recognize same sex marriage, forcing couples to file state returns separately.

Democratic State Auditor candidate Michael Claytor says the state isn’t helping same sex couples either, providing little guidance for the complicated process.

Claytor, who has 40 years experience in government accounting and auditing, created a worksheet meant to help same sex couples filing their returns.

“All of our public officials should be supporting equal rights for every individual in the state of Indiana,” Claytor says. “There is no reason to not only discriminate but to try to make discrimination part of our public policy.”

Lawmakers dealt with this very issue during session when a bill updating the tax code had to be amended so that same sex couples wouldn’t be allowed to file a joint state return.

Buck Creek Republican Senator Brandt Hershman says that’s just continuing the long-standing policy.

“We couldn’t pass a revenue code update that conflicted with existing state law,” Hershman says.

He says the tax code isn’t the place to debate such a major public policy issue.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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