I-1098 and the Voters Guide
More than a few people are confused as to how I-1098 effects registered domestic partners. The Attorney General’s explanation that the $400,000 exemption threshold applies only to married spouses is misleading at best and inaccurate at worst. In fact, the $400,000 exemption threshold applies to both married spouses and registered domestic partners. Here’s how it works:
· Section 904 of the initiative states: “The department must take actions and adopt rules, forms, and procedures to implement this act consistently with RCW 26.60.015, notwithstanding any term or provision of this act except section 601.”
· RCW Chapter 26.60 is entitled and applies to State Registered Domestic Partners.
· RCW 26.60.15 provides: “It is the intent of the legislature that for all purposes under state law, state registered domestic partners shall be treated the same as married spouses.”
Therefore, if married spouses have a $400,000 threshold for determining a state income tax, registered domestic partners have the same $400,000 threshold.
It is unfortunate that the Attorney General’s explanation does not accurately interpret I-1098. Let the Attorney General know your disappointment in excluding same-sex registered domestic partners and diminishing our lawful rights and responsibilities under the law by contacting his office - firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-753-6200.