Study: Same-sex couples pay more on taxes

FIL E -- In this file photo from June 17, 2008, John Lewis, left, puts a wedding ring on the hand of Stuart Gaffney as they exchange marriage vows at City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush, file)

December 27, 2011 1:11:55 PM PST
Same sex spouses are paying as much as $6,000 more in taxes each year because the federal government doesn't recognize gay marriage.

Tax specialists analyzed the difference between same sex and heterosexual families for CNN Money. They found that while marriage provides tax benefits for many heterosexual couples, same sex families don't enjoy the same perks because they are not allowed to file their federal taxes jointly. In California same sex couples who are registered with the Secretary of State are required to combine their federal tax returns and file their state taxes jointly.