Lawmakers have introduced a bill in Congress that could equalize tax treatment of employer-provided health care benefits for same-sex couples and heterosexual couples.
Current law requires employers to pay payroll taxes on the value of domestic partner health coverage, and employees have to pay both payroll taxes and income taxes on the value.
The bill was introduced as S. 1556 in the Senate and as H.R. 1820 in the House.
Sens. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced the Senate version of the bill, and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced the bill in the House.