Ravell Call / AP file
Jax and Heather Collins, seen here after getting married in Utah, are among the couples who can file joint state tax returns under a new ruling.
In the latest twist for same-sex couples who received marriage licenses in Utah before the U.S. Supreme Court put the process on hold, tax officials now say they can file joint state tax returns.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert's office last week had advised state agencies to take no steps to recognize the unions until an appeal could be heard — but the Justice Department then announced that those married during the 17 days while gay nuptials were legal would be eligible for federal marriage benefits.
By Patrick Temple-West
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday will fight before the Supreme Court to keep a defunct retailer from potentially triggering a wave of tax refund claims that could drain $1 billion from major U.S. social programs.
In oral arguments before the high court, the Obama administration will ask the justices to overturn an appeals court ruling in favor of issuing a tax refund to Quality Stores Inc, a rural retailer that declared bankruptcy in 2001.