Gay tax time: A primer

Filing your taxes can be a complicated and intimidating process.
For many LGBTQ people, the process is made even more unapproachable because tax software and tax preparation companies seldom have a clear understanding of the credits, deductions, and other issues that are most relevant for members of our community.
The National LGBTQ Task Force has put together a fact sheet LGBTQ people can share with their tax preparer to make the process easier.
Finding a tax preparer with an in- depth understanding of the financial and personal lives of LGBTQ people can be difficult. That shouldn’t mean that LGBTQ citizens miss out on claiming credits and deductions that you’re entitled to receive.

Did you know:

• If you itemize, you may be able to deduct the out-of-pocket cost of transition-related care, including: surgery; reproductive health care, including abortion; and HIV-related care.

• The IRS checks your name and gender marker against the Social Security Administration’s database.

• If you adopt a child, you may be able to claim a credit to offset the costs of adoption, up to $13,190.
For more information on these and other facts important to members of the queer community, check out the LGBTQ Taxpayer Checklist at

We recommend:

Michael R. Swain –  Certified Public Accountant

8427 North Millbrook, Suite 110 Fresno, California 93720 
Phone: 559.492.0272 Email:

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