In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that the federal government must recognize LGBTQ marriages in states that had legalized marriage equality.
Per that ruling, the IRS allowed married LGBTQ taxpayers to claim benefits dating back to 2010.
The Build Back Better Act, however, would allow those benefits to date back as early as 2004, when the first same-sex marriages in the country began to take place.
“This is a fair thing to do,” Steve Wamhoff, director of federal tax policy at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, told NBC News. “People were married, [but] the federal government wasn’t recognizing their marriages.” Read more