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New York state of tax mind

It's around 1,100 miles from the northeast corner of Texas to the southwest corner of New York, but the Empire State has been on my mind of late.

Texarkana TX to Mayville NY

No, it's not because I still can't erase from my mind's eye the Miley Cyrus performance (yeah, let's call it that since this is a family-friendly tax blog) at MTV's 2013 Video Music Awards in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

And no, it's not even because the 2013 professional football season is about to start with my Dallas Cowboys' hosting a Sept. 8 game against NFC East rival the New York Giants.

It's because New York played a role in posts last week at my other tax blog.

Bankrate Taxes Blog icon New Yorkers who owe taxes could find themselves taking public transportation. That's because the state has instituted a program under which tax delinquents who owe more than $10,000 could have their New York driver's licenses suspended.

Also last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that same-sex married couples will be able to file as a couple regardless of where they live. That means they aren't limited to living in one of the 13 states or District of Columbia where same-sex weddings are allowed in order to file a joint 1040 or two forms as a married filing separately couple.

So what's the New York connection to the IRS filing ruling? It was an estate tax case brought by a New York widow, Edith Windsor, that led the U.S. Supreme Court to decide that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.

You can find my additional tax thoughts at Bankrate Taxes Blog, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a weekend refresher here.

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