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Worksheet created for Indiana same-sex filers

Democratic state auditor candidate Mike Claytor is lending a hand to same-sex couples he thinks should be allowed to jointly file state tax returns.

"Our state tax policy should not discriminate," he said, adding that he developed a worksheet to help gay and lesbian couples in Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Revenue announced that same-sex couples in Indiana who are legally married and have the right to file joint federal income tax returns still would be required to file separate returns for state purposes. Lawmakers then passed a bill making that policy the law in Indiana.

Claytor said the Department of Revenue is not providing a worksheet to help same-sex couples deal with the discrepancy as other states have done. As a result, same-sex couples who file federal forms jointly must then file "fake" federal forms separately so that they can file separately in Indiana.

"My question to Gov. Pence is this: do you think it's fair to make same-sex couples file five forms when heterosexual married couples only have to file two?" Claytor asked.

He spoke with certified public accountants around the state to develop his own worksheet to make it easier to transfer information from the federal tax form to the state ones. Hoosiers can find it at www.claytor4auditor.com/worksheet.

Claytor, 61, said Hoosiers should encourage state officials to rescind the policy.

The issue in question doesn't have anything to do with the State Auditor's Office, for which Claytor is running. He has decades of accounting experience and likely will face Auditor Suzanne Crouch in the fall election.

nkelly@jg.net

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