Domestic Partners Win Property Tax Benefit

The California Supreme Court ruled last week that registered domestic partners have the same property tax benefits as heterosexual spouses. This means that if registered domestic partners own a home, and one inherits the home from the other, they are entitled to the same protection from a property tax reassessment as a married couple.

Several county assessors fought a decision made by a Sacramento judge in 2005, and appealed first to the appeals court and then to the State Supreme Court. They were unsuccessful.

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