Same-sex couples could file joint tax returns

November 29, 2011 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.)

Same-sex couples will still have to file federal tax returns individually. But the Illinois Department of Revenue said it will accept joint returns from same-sex couples starting in January.

The advocacy group "Equality Illinois" announced an agreement with the revenue department Monday night.

Officials are still finalizing how the policy will work.

The current plan is to have couples fill out a joint federal tax return for the state's purposes only.

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