Facebook Backs California Bill To Provide Tax Relief On Healthcare Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

By David Cohen 

Facebook announced its support of legislation introduced in California by state Assemblymember Phil Ting to provide tax relief for employees who receive reimbursement from their employer for federal taxes they paid on healthcare benefits provided to their same-sex partner and dependents.

The social network reaffirmed its backing of parity in healthcare coverage in a post on its LGBTQ@Facebook page, and shared the photo below of Ting’s press conference to announce the proposed legislation, where he was joined by Facebook Director of Compensation and Benefits Tudor Havriliuc and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell.

Ting said at the press conference:

At the heart of this issue is a question of fairness for same-sex couples. The federal policy to tax their benefits is discriminatory, and the last thing the state of California should do is make it harder to remedy the injustice by taxing the reimbursement of these costs.

Farrell added:

Same-sex couples should not be required to pay more income taxes than others simply due to the nature of their partner relationship. This legislation will expand on legislation I introduced in City Hall for San Francisco and expand it across California.

Readers: Would you like to see more states explore similar legislation?