Alan Greenblatt is a GOVERNING correspondent.E-mail: email@example.com
Here's a wrinkle to the same-sex marriage debate I admit I hadn't thought of before reading about it in the Hartford Courant's Capitol Watch blog. Apparently, some automated tax preparation software doesn't know what to do when gay couples file jointly.
H&R Block's Web site says, "We don't support Connecticut Civil Union returns." That led the ACLU to send the company a warning that it's practicing discrimination under that state's laws.
It turns out that it's the software, not the company, that doesn't support civil unions. H&R Block will do the taxes who show up at its offices, but that costs $155 more than doing it online.
TurboTax, meanwhile, will work just fine for gay couples who are married, in civil unions, or in registered domestic partnerships.
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