Missouri adds a twist to tax reporting for married same-sex couples
Missouri does not recognize same-sex marriages. In most states, while same-sex married couples would file a federal income tax return(s) as married, they would file their state income tax returns as unmarried individuals.
However, Missouri now requires same-sex couples who are validly married elsewhere to file their state income tax returns with the same status as their federal return. For example, Joe and Bob live in St. Louis and fly to New York and get married. They must file their federal return with a “married” status (per Rev. Rul. 2013-17), because their marriage was valid where performed (in New York), even though their residence is in Missouri, which does not recognize their same-sex marriage. If they file their federal income tax return as married filing jointly, Missouri will now require them to file their state income tax return as married filing jointly, notwithstanding the fact that Missouri does not recognize their same-sex marriage.
Here is the original STLToday.com story: stltoday.com/news/local
Here is a link to the executive order: governor.mo.gov/orders