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N.Y. to refund gay couples forced to pay estate tax

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USA Today
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July 24, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the refunds are being issued as a result of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA.

In declaring the section unconstitutional, the court granted gay couples the same rights to assets and lower tax costs under estate tax laws that are provided to couples in traditional marriages. Same-sex spouses may have been required to pay thousands of dollars more in New York estate taxes when their partner died.

New York has no estimate of total amount of taxes that will be refunded.