Although same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for over nine years, the federal government imposes a tax on employees who extend health care coverage to a same-sex spouse due to the Defense of Marriage Act. To offset this MIT will now pay an extra $125 per month to its employees who extend health care benefits to their same-sex spouses, to help offset these unfair federal taxes , university officials announced.
MIT officials said in a statement that the policy will be retroactive to January 1 of this year. The university will give these employees a supplemental payment of $125 a month, or $1,500 per year.
According to the statement, MIT’s Employee Benefits Oversight Committee recommended the policy, which Provost Chris Kaiser and Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz approved in February.
In April, Harvard University adopted the same policy for its employees. At the time of the policy change, Harvard Divinity School employee and past co-chair of the Harvard LGBT Faculty and Staff Committee Michael Goetz said in a statement that “this policy will help Harvard attract the best talent.”
“But what it comes down to for me is, it’s the right and just thing to do,” he added. “Harvard’s seen as a leader in the higher-education world, and it’s a place whose leaders are concerned with doing the right thing.”
The policy does not cover unmarried domestic partners.