Ernst & Young and its affiliates have begun reimbursing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees for any additional federal and state taxes they incur for their same-sex domestic partners’ medical benefits in the U.S., starting Jan. 1, 2012.

E&Y is joining a small but growing number of employers around the country in offering this benefit to their LGBT employees. However, E&Y said Monday it is the first of the Big Four accounting firms to offer the perk, which is meant to underscore the firm’s commitment to LGBT inclusiveness and perhaps serve as a recruiting tool.

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