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NY to refund gay couples forced to pay estate tax

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York says it will give same-sex spouses refunds for estate taxes they were forced to pay because federal law didn't recognize gay marriage.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Tuesday the refunds for overpayment of estate taxes are the result of the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Gay married people may have been required to pay thousands of dollars more in New York estate taxes when their spouses died and left property and assets because they weren't treated the same as if they'd been in traditional marriages.

Taxpayers who may be eligible can contact the state Taxpayer Information Center at 518-457-5387.

New York legalized same-sex marriage in 2011.

It isn't known yet how much money will be refunded.

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