Terry Ritchie, Director of Cross-Border Wealth Services, was recently featured in an article from Advisor.ca looks at how a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to new planning options for same-sex partners with ties to the U.S. The June decision struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act and broadened the federal definition of marriage to include legally married same-sex couples. The new definition also applies to American couples who marry outside the U.S.
Following the decision, the IRS released the tax implications: “Same-sex couples will be treated as married for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes. The ruling applies to all federal tax provisions where marriage is a factor.” The article goes on to give examples of how advisors can help their clients benefit from these changes, specifically in the areas of tax filing, wealth transfer, and principal residence exemption. Read the full article here.