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    Gay couples could see windfalls from back payments on DOMA decision

    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this month in a challenge to a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that denies legally married gay and lesbian couples federal benefits available to heterosexual married couples. A decision is not expected until the end of June, but accountants and tax attorneys are already encouraging same-sex couples to seek prospective tax refunds and back retirement payments.

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