Every March during Women’s History Month, our country recognizes strong women and the way in which females have improved the world through their accomplishments and aspirations. I feel that, as a nation, we have come a long way in creating equal opportunities and recognition for everyone, regardless of gender. However, I do not feel that this equal vision applies to the Internal Revenue Service.
Each year in February, I have my taxes prepared by a professional. I file jointly with my husband. He signs where it says “Taxpayer 1.” I sign where it says “Spouse.”
I pay taxes from my part-time job. I pay taxes when I purchase groceries and clothes. I pay taxes, too. Why does it say “Spouse” instead of “Taxpayer 2?”
The tax system language is archaic and in need of a 21st century update. In addition to being a step forward in gender equality for women, I believe this would also facilitate a simpler categorization of gay marriages into the tax system. “Taxpayer 2” would be a gender and role neutral classification yet still descriptive enough to imply a familial relationship for documentation purposes.